Historic Bronze Torchieres

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The original torchieres, which were natural gas powered, were melted down for the war effort. Since none existed to take patterns from, we reproduced them from historic photos and extremely detailed architects’ drawings from John G Waite and Associates.

The original torchieres, which were natural gas powered, were melted down for the war effort. Since none existed to take patterns from, we reproduced them from historic photos and extremely detailed architects’ drawings from John G Waite and Associates.

Each torchiere is 14’ tall and is comprised of 70 components. Several processes were used in fabrication such as casting, metal spinning, lathe turning, machining, water jetting, welding, brazing, polishing, etc. We hand-carved approximately 20 different patterns and molds for both lost wax and sand cast components. The globes were custom made. All fixtures are UL approved.

Each torchiere is 14’ tall and is comprised of 70 components. Several processes were used in fabrication such as casting, metal spinning, lathe turning, machining, water jetting, welding, brazing, polishing, etc. We hand-carved approximately 20 different patterns and molds for both lost wax and sand cast components. The globes were custom made. All fixtures are UL approved.

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Hand carved hub pattern (at mid point in the torchiere)

Hand carved hub pattern (at mid point in the torchiere)

Hand carved leaf cross arm pattern

Hand carved leaf cross arm pattern

Hand carved pattern for octagon base shaft

Hand carved pattern for octagon base shaft

Closeup of hand carved base shaft pattern

Closeup of hand carved base shaft pattern

Closeup of octagon base shaft

Closeup of octagon base shaft

Historic Bronze Elevator Entrance Reproduction

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Vintage photo of the original elevator entrance

Vintage photo of the original elevator entrance

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These elevator entrances are replications of the original historic entrances. Job included cast and fabricated bronze hoistway doors & entrances, hand forged bronze grills, and bronze elevator cabs. Processes used were lost wax & sand casting, repousse, hand forging, and various other fabrication techniques.

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Elevator cab interior consists of custom bronze wall panels with fabricated grecian grills.

Elevator cab interior consists of custom bronze wall panels with fabricated grecian grills.

Elevator cab ceiling in bronze with a custom curved  crown moulding.

Elevator cab ceiling in bronze with a custom curved crown moulding.

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This flower started out life as a flat piece of bronze sheet metal. The piece was formed into it’s beautiful final state by the art of repousse (a method of creating a relief design by hammering the back side of the metal).

This flower started out life as a flat piece of bronze sheet metal. The piece was formed into it’s beautiful final state by the art of repousse (a method of creating a relief design by hammering the back side of the metal).

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Custom Historic Bronze Hinge

This is a replication of the historic custom hinges that were original to NYS Capitol. The patterns for both the finials and back plates are hand carved. The components are replicated by using the lost wax casting process. The actual hinge leaves are sand cast and all components are machined and hand chased.

Installed hinge

Installed hinge

Just an fyi...We made the 14' tall bronze torchiere in the background too :)

Just an fyi…We made the 14′ tall bronze torchiere in the background too 🙂

Ornamental Aluminum Metalwork for the Historic Assembly Staircase Laylight in the NYS Capitol

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During WWII, the skylights in the NYS Capitol were painted black for safety reasons. These areas were eventually converted to office space. During a major roof renovation in the 2010 timeframe this skylight & laylight were revealed and brought back to their grandeur and flooding the stairway with natural light.

During WWII, the skylights in the NYS Capitol were painted black for safety reasons. These areas were eventually converted to office space. During a major roof renovation in the 2010 timeframe this skylight & laylight were revealed and brought back to their grandeur and flooding the stairway with natural light.

We made  the custom aluminum framework for the decorative glass for the laylight over the NYS Assembly Staircase.

We made the custom aluminum framework for the decorative glass for the laylight over the NYS Assembly Staircase.

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Copper Roof Panel & Rib System with Copper Finial & Spire for the Historic Loggerhead Key Lighthouse in the Dry Tortugas National Park

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For the historic Loggerhead Key Lighthouse in the Dry Tortuagas National Park we fabricated a new copper roof panel and rib system.

For the historic Loggerhead Key Lighthouse in the Dry Tortuagas National Park we fabricated a new copper roof panel and rib system.

 

Original lighthouse roof, finial, and spire

Original lighthouse roof, finial, and spire

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We fabricated and installed a new copper finial that is an exact replica of the original including the original vent system. The original “lamp” gave off so much heat that it was necessary to vent the excess heat out through the finial.

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Restoration of 2 Historic Iron Light Fixtures

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Job included bead blasting to original white metal, repaired wrought iron pieces, made molds & cast 2 new Griffin wings on the bases and 2 new zinc filigrees on top of fixtures, rewired, replaced fasteners & missing or non-matching glass

Job included bead blasting to original white metal, repaired wrought iron pieces, made molds & cast 2 new Griffin wings on the bases and 2 new zinc filigrees on top of fixtures, rewired, replaced fasteners & missing or non-matching glass

New cast Griffin wing

New cast Griffin wing

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Closeup of restored piece

Closeup of restored piece

Closeup of restored lantern showing new cast filagree

Closeup of restored lantern showing new cast filagree

Restored Light Fixture

Restored Light Fixture

Restored Fixtures

Restored Fixtures