Iron Door & Ornamental Metal, Hinges and Lockset Restoration & Replication for Fort Hamilton., NYC

Museum Doors & Sally Port Doors, Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, NY

Location: Fort Hamilton, Building # 207 & # 230, Brooklyn, NY

General Contractor: Johnson Controls World Services, Inc.,

301 NYAC & Fort Hamilton, 2nd Fl., Brooklyn, NY

Owner: U. S. Army Garrison

Museum Doors - Design to match originals, and fabricate Pair New white oak through mortise-and-tenon and diagonally beaded board overlay arched double doors, 5' x 7' x 4", with 2,000 forged nails with 1' hemispherical heads, finished and distressed to match original doors. Fabricate iron hardware to mount doors to new 12' x 12' solid oak post set into masonry, consisting of arched & straight strap hinges 4"x 1"thick x 46", with 2 1/2" Diam. pin.

Lower Sally Port Doors - Restore original double doors, with wicket, adding missing white oak diagonally beaded and vertical boards, replacing framing elements including portions of stiles and rails, with double through mortise-and-tenon joinery, and forged nails similar to museum doors. Bottom 1'- 2' of ca. 1825 doors were rotted away. Original hardware and forged nails restored where possible, replaced where not, similar to Museum Doors. Door size 5'x 10' x 6" thick, weight approximately 2,000 lbs./door. leaf.

Lower Sally Port Doors restoration

1812 ARMY FORT DOOR BEFORE RESTORATION
1812 ARMY FORT DOOR AFTER RESTORATION

Exterior Before

Exterior After

FORT HAMILTON SALLY PORT DOOR BEFORE RESTORATION
FORT HAMILTON SALLY PORT DOOR AFTER RESTORATION

Interior Before

Exterior After

FORT WICKET DOOR BEFORE RESTORATION
1812 FORT DOOR RESTORATION DURING

Wicket - for soldier to creep through with backpack

Note severely rotted condition, lower part of door stiles


Lower Sally Port Doors .cont

1812 FORT DOOR RESTORATION DURING
1812 FORT DOOR RESTORATION & REFINISHING DURING

Extensive Dutchman inlays required note quadruple mortise and tenon joinery for 6" thick door

FORT DOOR RESTORATION FORGED WROUGHT IRON HARDWARE
FORT HAMILTON DOOR AFTER REPAIR, DURING  REFINISHING

Thousands of new forged nails with 1 1/2" - 2" diam. hemispherical heads were forged to replace missing and for the two new replicated doors


1812 FORT HAMILTON SALLY PORT DOOR DURING REFINISHING

Door at start of distressing process to replicate original patina

FORT WICKET DOOR AFTER RESTORATION
FORT HAMILTON SALLY PORT DOOR RESTORED

Restored doors installed on new custom strap hinges, with

Restored door detail, photo taken 13 years after installation, with no maintenance

Fabrication of the new Museum doors to match original

FORT HAMILTON DOOR ORIGINAL
CUSTOM FORT HAMILTON DOOR REPLICATION

Original doors

New fabricated door to replace 1960's mismatched door

CUSTOM FORT HAMILTON DOOR FABRICATION
CUSTOM FORT HAMILTON DOOR REPLICATION

Door has three layers of solid lumber, inside and outside are diagonal, with interior vertical, in 4" thickness

CUSTOM FORT DOOR REFINISHING
CUSTOM FORT DOOR REFINISHING WITH DISTRESS

Over 1000 forged nails with 1 5/8" diam. hemispherical heads fabricated for these doors. Distressed to replicate original patina

CUSTOM WROUGHT IRON HARDWARE FORT
CUSTOM FORT DOOR WITH WROUGHT IRON HARDWARE

The hinge straps are 4' long x 4" high x 1" thick, with hinge barrels 6" diam., with pins 2 1/2" thick.



By Peter Triestman

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