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Mar 21 2011

Ellis Island

I know some of you will remember “Chip Falcon’s Road Trip” from a couple of years ago.  For those of you who weren’t readers of this blog back then…I usually go on a road trip with my family every summer.  In the summer of 2009, I had to take a Falcon 25 series panic device on the road trip so I could show it to a specwriter who had moved to South Carolina.  Since I was dragging the panic device (nicknamed Chip Falcon) around, I wrote a series of posts about the various places that we visited on our road trip and wrote about some of the features of the 24/25 series which had just been introduced.

We’re going on a road trip again this summer, and I’m looking for ideas for buildings with interesting or beautiful doors to visit and blog about.  I know I’ll definitely be in Tennessee (Crossville area) and Sarasota, Florida, plus lots of places in between.  If you have any suggestions for sites I should visit, send them along!

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email with some photos of Ellis Island.  I am definitely putting Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on my road trip itinerary for this summer.  It’s hard to believe I’ve never been there.  Here’s the email:

Hello Lori,

My Name is Edward and I’ve been installing architectural door hardware for 20 years and enjoy every end of this interesting field.  I have installed hardware at many great landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Giants Stadium (both old and new), and Ellis Island to name a few.  Working with mainly IR products, I have to say it’s some of the best hardware out there.  I recently found this website and wish I found it a lot sooner as I think it’s just fanatastic!!

The reason I’m writing to you is I wanted to share a couple photos of some very interesting pieces of door history that I had a rare opportunity to work on and and install.  Back in 2006, I had the chance to work at Ellis Island and be a part of a crew that would restore the Ferry Building (which is now open to the public).  While there I was able to view some of the “un-restored” buildings that are on the island.  I was blown away to say the least when I walked through and felt like I went back in time!!  I snapped a lot of photos and wanted to share a few of them with you.

The first pictures are pairs of doors that I installed in the Ferry Building and the last photos are from the other buildings on the island that the public has not seen in many, many years.  I hope you enjoy the pictures and I’m glad I found this great site which looks to be filled with some valuable information.  Thank you for taking the time to read this email.

Regards, Edward

Thank you Edward for sharing your photos, and for giving me the first stop on Summer Road Trip 2011!

Here are some other websites where you can see photos of the unrestored areas of Ellis Island:

Ward Nine, Urban Ruins Photography – Ellis Island South Side
Ward Nine, Urban Ruins Photography – Ellis Island North Side
Ellis Island, Ghosts of Freedom, by Stephen Wilkes
Nathan Kensinger Photography
The Urban Landscape Discussion Forum
Oblivion State Discussion Forum
Ellis Island Group on Flickr
Life Magazine – photos of Ellis Island in use

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13 Responses to “Ellis Island”

  1. Amanda Liberty says:

    Nice blog! My good friend and door hardware fan Jess sent me this link, knowing that I love the Statue of Liberty, and have an interest too in Ellis Island.
    Interesting photos those are. I particularly like the 2 that show to Lady between the walls and through the window

    Im glad to hear it that you intend on visiting! Definately worth it!

  2. Rachel Smith says:

    How about the Biltmore Estates in Asheville NC? I am usually as fascinated with the doors as I am with the estate every time I visit. (And if you come, I could be your tour guide). (America’s Castle built by the Vanderbilts)

    • Lori says:

      It’s a date!! Maybe we can hook up with whoever’s responsible for maintaining the doors there. I haven’t set my travel dates yet but I’ll let you know when I’m going to be down there and hopefully we can connect.

  3. Darren Patton says:

    If your coming all the way to Crossville Tn you may as well come all the way to Nashville. The Parthenon is a site to see. I do not know how tall the doors are but my daughter says the reach to the sky. Look us up when your in town.

  4. Lindsey says:

    How about Disney world in Florida? I’m curious to see what kind of door hardware they have on Cinderella’s castle! 🙂

    • Lori says:

      Great idea! I wonder if IR will pay for a family pass to Disneyworld for the day so I can look at Cinderella’s doors! 🙂

  5. Edward says:

    Thank for posting this Lori! I hope you’re able to make the trip and enjoy the sites!

  6. T.J. Gottwalt says:

    Older doors, such as the ones shown in the pictures from Edward of Ellis Island, give us a great opportunity to see what works and doesn’t work when it comes to door hardware. Many times, looking at older doors gives us insights into what we specify today, with the benefit of seeing what that great Equalizer (pun intended) of all things does to door openings…TIME. Thanks Lori!

    • Lori says:

      You’re right, TJ! I love looking at old doors, or really any old component of a building. There are several photographers who specialize in “urban decay,” and I’m hoping to bring you some of their work in the future.

      – Lori

  7. Scott Tice says:

    Would love to see some close-ups of the trim….

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