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Apr 26 2011

Leather-Wrapped Doors

Category: Door Closers,Doors & Frames,EgressLori @ 11:16 pm Comments (4)

I was recently elected as a town meeting member for my town (a pretty large town – 68,000 people), and tonight I attended my first-ever town meeting.  It was pretty interesting to see government in action, but I also found time to hunt down some old doors for you all.

You don’t see these old leather-wrapped doors much any more.  I can only remember them on one project that I worked on…a courthouse renovation in Boston.  Our town hall has quite a few pairs of these, but the ones on the lower level aren’t in great condition.  The pair in the photos is a side door to the balcony and the opening is in really good shape.  I especially like the oval glass lite with the curved wood glass beads.

The photo of the back of the closer illustrates how a corner bracket is used…this application isn’t very common these days, but I remember Harris Parsons Sr. (my current boss’ father) teaching me that when you order a handed closer that will be mounted on a corner bracket, you have to order the opposite hand closer.  I think I need to make up a Hardware Trivial Pursuit game so we don’t lose all of these historical tidbits.

I have never seen these doors locked but apparently someone wanted to lock them at one point during the building’s history, because they added the non-code-compliant hooks and eyes.  The space holds hundreds of people, so if these doors need to be lockable they require panic hardware.  I think removing the hooks would be a more realistic solution given the current budget situation.

I’ll be back at town meeting for as many nights as it takes us to get through 36 warrant articles, so if I don’t have the energy to publish a post, you’ll know why.

4 Responses to “Leather-Wrapped Doors”

  1. Doro says:

    I know, someone will LOVE those old closers!


  2. Jess says:

    that would be me, hello Doro!

    Lori: congrats on the vote and nice doors indeed

  3. jbmurray says:

    Hi, I recently acquired a lovely pair of Leather wrapped doors, with glass inserts bound in brass. They are pivot hinged and I need new hinges. They push swing inward and outward.
    Also need info in making them more beautiful-they are in good condition, but the leather is damaged in the inner sides, the swing sides. jbmurray/5/25/2011. Many thanks for any assistance.

  4. victor says:

    I am doing a job in a Manhattan location where I am required to refinish the doors as they exist wrapped in leather I made a match that was excepted for the fabric however they also have brass buttons that are 1 1/8 in diameter I need about five hundred and are having a hard time locating They have just a smooth finish

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