It’s not often that the opportunity to own reclaimed wood with such great historical importance presents itself. This reclaimed British Columbian Pine was privy to the private conversations of key influential figures during both World Wars.
The Old War Office, a neo-baroque building in Whitehall, was responsible for the administration of the British military during the major conflicts of the 20th century. Lord Kitchener and David Lloyd George had their offices here as did Sir Winston Churchill who helped mastermind Hitler’s demise in its rooms and corridors.
The construction of the Grade II listed building took 5 years to complete and served as The War Office from 1906 until 1964. In 2014 the Old War Office was sold, with plans to redevelop the building into a five-star luxury hotel and 88 high-end apartments. With the development underway, we became the custodians of the wood.
The restoration process of this Columbian Pine was meticulous, and our craftspeople took extra care in ensuring that this reclaimed wood, with such great historical importance, was never dishonoured. Utilising the timeless combination of beautiful old wood and meticulous craftsmanship we have crafted War Office Pine, an engineered reclaimed wood floor that embraces timeless elegance.
This wood has a tight grain and deep mellow tones, having originally grown in old growth forests in British Columbia. Not only do these planks represent the ultimate in sustainable flooring, their compelling history is ready to begin a new chapter at the hands of the next owner.
Bleached War Office Pine
Original Patina War Office Pine