I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing holiday weekend…I have to admit it was really nice to take some time off. I’ve been in Grassy Cove, Tennessee since Friday and there aren’t a whole lot of doors here, but luckily I’ve got some saved up from last week. We’re headed toward home tomorrow so I’ll be on the lookout for doors of interest.

When I posted the Biltmore Estate photos, I forgot to include these photos of the building where you go to buy tickets.  I first noticed the height of the thumbturn and cylinder, which looks too low for accessibility requirements.  This is one of those things that is often purposely overlooked, because the only person using these controls is the first person unlocking the building in the morning and relocking it at the end of the day.  You could argue that this person might have a disability that would make it difficult to use a control mounted below the allowable minimum height, but there’s also the dexterity involved in using the key and the tight gripping and twisting to use the thumbturn.  These controls both have dummy cylinders in them, so it doesn’t look like anyone uses these doors to enter unless the panic hardware is already dogged.

I think the coordination of the pull with the control is admirable, although I would have skipped the control on the “exit” door.  I didn’t know that you could use the control to pull the bottom rod rather than the top rod.  The panic hardware and the pulls are both good examples of how US10B oil-rubbed bronze finish will wear.  I love Von Duprin 55 and 88 series devices…it’s ok if you think I’m weird.  🙂

Does anyone have a theory about the extra pivot on the RHR leaf of the pair with the pulls?

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