A Sense of Place




From the moment we first realized we needed a space in which our customers could interact with and get to know our furniture, we’ve purposefully chosen the building intended to house our showrooms with the same attention to detail we apply to making furniture— including fidelity to each region’s unique characteristics. Each of our showrooms has its tale to tell about the building it inhabits, its region’s architecture, and the local community surrounding it.

Tom Moser on the left stands in front of the old workshop in new gloucester. On the right Mary Moser is working on a typewriter.


Tom and Mary Moser founded Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers in 1972. Their first official shop was located in the old grange on Cobb’s Bridge Road in New Gloucester, Maine. After they cleared out what had been left behind, they transformed the space into a functioning workshop. The stage where the band played on Saturday nights became the finishing room, the box office became the shop office, and workbenches and machinery replaced the risers that had previously lined either side of the dance floor.


Eventually, they would acquire an abandoned vestry and move the building to reside next to the Grange Hall workshop. Managed by Mary Moser, the vestry would become their first official showroom. The grange hall and vestry were home to Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers for eight years. With the company’s success, we soon outgrew this new space. In 1987,  the workshop, call center, and a small showroom in Auburn, Maine, became our home.





Freeport, Maine

Our Freeport showroom has been in the same residence on Main Street since 1998. The modest 19th-century home has seen the historic town of Freeport change from a small, quiet neighborhood to a 21st-century bustling shopping environment that hosts several million tourists each year. A classic example of the Victorian Stick style, our cozy building stands almost unchanged on the outside from its inception. A cape house may have existed initially on the land, but in 1871, a local dry goods dealer named Oxnard is recorded as the owner of the current structure. In historical pictures of the town taken around 1909, the house is nearly the same today.


As we move through time, the contemporary history of the showroom is mainly medical. In 1950, a physician and surgeon, Dr. Lous. V. Dorogi and his wife, Maria, bought the house. They were from Eastern Europe. Mrs. Dorogi, a survivor of World War II, refused to live in any structure without a bomb shelter. Dr. Dorogi had the basement bomb shelter constructed that still exists.

an image of the freeport showroom circa 1909
Thos. Moser Freeport showroom circa 1909

As we move through time, the contemporary history of the showroom is mainly medical. In 1950, a physician and surgeon, Dr. Lous. V. Dorogi and his wife, Maria, bought the house. They were from Eastern Europe. Mrs. Dorogi, a survivor of the horror of World War II, refused to live in any structure without a bomb shelter. Dr. Dorogi had the basement bomb shelter constructed that still exists.


We leased the building in 1998 from another doctor living there and have happily shown our designs there ever since. Showcasing our furniture in a real house where people have lived for over 150 years has a subtle but lasting effect. In this location, it is easy to see how our furniture designs transcend time– equally at home in a Victorian or modern house — much as the house itself has transcended Freeport’s evolution.




Boston, Massachusetts

Our Boston showroom on Arlington Street along the famous Newbury-Boylston shopping corridor has a varied past. Standing a good stone’s throw from the Boston Commons, it is a short walk to the duck pond made famous by Maine author Robert McCloskey in his book Make Way for Ducklings.


The connections to Maine don’t stop there; it’s thought that Benjamin E. Bates lived in our building in 1875– the same Benjamin Bates who was treasurer and Maine financier of the Bates Mill in Lewiston and the founder of Bates College.

In the 1920s, the building housed a few important clothing retail stores. The famous Peck & Peck outfitted an entire generation of upscale Bostonians and helped coin a new term: “preppy.” From the late 1940s to the late 1960s, our building was home to the women-clothier Neals of California.


In the 1970s, the building was transformed into the Garden Cinema and The Back Bay Screening Room, where neighbors remember seeing legendary cult and indie hits like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and silent films. Our showroom exists in what used to be the theater’s atrium. Moving into a building so rooted in local tradition just made sense. Our furniture is as deeply rooted in historical interpretation as is the city of Boston and its Back Bay neighborhood.





DC Showroom Exterior


Washington, D.C.

A photograph of Cady's Alley in Georgetown, Washington D.C.
Cady’s Alley late 19th century

Our Georgetown showroom is located along a historically significant stretch of properties tucked behind M Street, known as Cady’s Alley (named for the late 19th century Washington family). Like helping a phoenix rise from the ashes, visionary real estate developer Anthony M. Lanier took a group of dilapidated industrial buildings along a downtrodden alley and transformed them into an appealing, pedestrian-friendly cluster of small shops specializing in high-end furniture and design.

Cady’s Alley quickly became our favorite choice when looking for the ideal location to house a D.C.-based showroom. Lanier, a native of Vienna, retained as much as possible from the century-old brick walls and structures in his restoration, imbuing the neighborhood with an Old World graciousness that seems fitting to the nation’s capital. The going hasn’t necessarily been easy, however. When Lanier brought his first property here in 1998, the waterfront district had fallen into disrepair, its commercial viability undermined by the rise of rail and auto transportation. He had trouble finding even one retailer willing to venture to the other side of the tracks.

Today, strolling along the Alley that has maintained at least 70% of its original exterior walls, one can feel the history of Cady’s Alley, undiluted by contemporary retail development. The perfect marriage of architectural preservation and commerce proves the fallacy of cookie-cutter design.



Exterior image of the Thos. Moser San Francisco Showroom at night.


San Francisco, California

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco California.

Nestled in one of San Francisco’s many valleys, our showroom on Sacramento Street is just a few blocks from the bay. Running parallel to the Bay, Sacramento Street lays claim to the Embarcadero on one end and the Presidio on the other– with the financial district, China Town, and Nob Hill in between. Some of the area’s most stately homes are along our stretch of the street.
A century ago, the more modest buildings and foothills of the Presidio housed European immigrants who worked as domestic servants in the mansions towering above them. As the years passed, the neighborhood cultivated a rich ethnic mix, including a vibrant Jewish community populated significantly by Russian émigrés. It can be seen as a living crossroads of cultures and aesthetics— a stylistic melting pot that makes us very comfortable. Our San Franciso showroom continues the neighborhood’s tradition of providing services to the local clientele. Sacramento Street offers elegant eateries, old-school markets, and stylish fashion and home goods stores.



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