Tag Archives: doors

Yates Building Entry Restoration Project

20 Dec

image Aeon is in the final stages of completing the restoration of historic wooden pocket doors at the entrance to the Sydney Yates Building. The project is being done for GSA under contract to McKay Lodge Conservation. Aeon has served as architectural conservators and project managers for the restoration effort which also included Artisan Glass Works for the leaded glass restoration and Thomas Moore Studios for door finishes. Aeon restored missing and damaged historic door hardware including rollers, the original Corwin pocket door pulls and locks, and refinished 48 bronze buttons. The final results are truly stunning.


Assessing and conserving historic aluminum doors at the Federal Trade Commission

15 Sep

The Federal Trade Commission Building dates from 1937 and is in the Classical Revival style. Contrasting with the limestone walls, some of its distinctive exterior features are the aluminum grilles over the main entrance doors. They are decorated with images of the changing transportation methods used over time, from Columbus’s 14th century ships to the more modern seaplane. Whilst McKay Lodge Conservation is conserving the grilles, Aeon is providing a local conservation management service under them to assess and conserve the 28 glass and aluminum doors.

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Historic cast iron and a leaky tunnel at the Veterans Affairs Administration Building

19 Jul

Alfonso examines one of the canopies.

Aeon Preservation has been included in a project team to investigate leaks in the entrance canopies and subterranean tunnels of the Veterans Affairs Administration Building. This structure was completed in 1919 on the site of one of Washington’s most luxurious hotels. It was occupied by the War Risk Bureau which later became the Department of Veterans Affairs. Now, it is part of the Lafayette Park Historic District and the White House Precinct.

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Conservation of historic masonry, windows and doors at the Yates Building

17 Jul

The doors, window and balcony of the Yates building.

The 1880 Sidney R. Yates Building, standing near the National Mall in Washington, is made of red brick in the Romanesque Revival style. Originally, it housed the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and was later used for the Auditors division. Aeon was brought in to examine the pressed brick and stone main doorway, the pocket doors and leaded windows above, after water damage was noticed.

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