Restoration & Preservation, Wood Doors Restoration for Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Victorian Brownstone., NYC

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Victorian Brownstone

Location: 381 Lafayette St., NYC

Scope of Work:

studio was a former chapel with open ceiling height over 40' high above the floor. The building began as an Orphanage starting in the 1850's. The building was little changed over the next century as the neighborhood and NYC generally declined . Poverty preserves. All architectural features and woodwork are largely intact today.

The original front door, with arched two-lite transom over double doors with five raised or glazed molded panels in each leaf was 16' high x 5' wide overall. The doors were over 11' high x 2 3/4" thick. Each door and the frame were restored, by stripping the paint first, inlaying antique pine Dutchmen into the numerous damages over the years, and repairing damages to the stiles and rails from sagging hinges. Almost all hardware was modern, in poor condition, and discarded. A new electric strike and lockset was installed, and the original saddle re-set in the sandstone sill, to shed water outside the building. A copper mesh "speakeasy" door and iron mailbox were original, and preserved.

The building serves as the home of the Rauschenberg Foundation today, exhibiting the artists' work and supporting charitable causes, fostering the development of other artists' talent.


Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, NYC The original front door



Entry Doors BEFORE repairs Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Victorian Brownstone

Building Exterior Front Doors Details BEFORE restoration


Entry Door Photos - Details Entry Door Photos - Inside BEFORE

Entry Door Photos - Details Door Inside BEFORE

Entry Door Photos - Details NYC Entry door details BEFORE


Entry doors BEFORE Entry doors BEFORE



Building Front DURING restoration Door Frames AFTER restoration

Door Frames AFTER restoration Door Frames AFTER restoration


Copper parts on door Oringinal piece BEFORE restoration

Front door DURING restoration Each door and the frame were restored


A copper mesh 'speakeasy' door and iron mailbox were original, and preserved. Interior Vestibule Doors with Etched or Bevel Glass


Original copper piece AFTER restoration Original front doors BEFORE restoration

Original front doors BEFORE restoration Original front doors DURING restoration

Original front doors DURING restoration Original front doors DURING restoration

Original front doors DURING restoration Each door and the frame were restored


Front Doors DURING restoration Doors during repair



Woodwork AFTER restoration Front doors AFTER restoration

Front doors AFTER restoration Front doors AFTER restoration

Front doors AFTER restoration from the inside Front doors AFTER restoration from the outside



Front doors DURING restoration from the inside Door detail after being restored

Door detail AFTER restoration and refinishing Door refinished


Rauschenberg Doors during repair Rauschenberg Doors during refinishing


Doors during refinishing



By Peter Triestman

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