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Jul 02 2012

St. James Cathedral, Seattle

Category: Beautiful Doors,Road TripsLori @ 8:51 am Comments (7)
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Last week I was a panelist for the BOMA Every Building Conference and Expo in Seattle.  It was a pretty busy couple of days but I was able to sneak out each day to see a little of the city, or visit the guy who was LockedInAHouse.  I LOVED the Pike Place Market…I was there early in the morning as the vendors were bringing in their flowers, seafood, vegetables, etc. for the day, and it was a sensory feast!  I wish I could start each day that way.

I sought out some of the most beautiful doors in Seattle, at the St. James Cathedral, completed in 1907.  According to the cathedral’s virtual tour, “The ceremonial bronze doors, the work of sculptor Ulrich Henn, depict the journey of humanity towards the heavenly city.”

Transom:

Close-ups of the bronze figures:

Door pull (Jonah emerging from the whale’s mouth):

Top pivot:

Giant bottom pivot with floor closer modification:

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Best door stops EVER!!!

Main entrance interior:

A Von Duprin 88 series exit device…but what’s that in the bottom corner??

A couple of other interior doors:

Have you seen any beautiful doors lately?  Send me some photos!

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7 Responses to “St. James Cathedral, Seattle”

  1. Curtis Meskus says:

    what is in the bottom corner, scrap for the recycling pile

  2. Terry Crump says:

    I’m curious how the panel discussion went. Did the letters, F – D – A – I ever come up? And if so, how were they received?

    • Lori says:

      Hi Terry –

      BOMA International is the Building Owners and Managers Association (you probably know that but others might not), so the audience was mostly made up of representatives from commercial real estate firms. The panel discussion was about security, and how the property managers can keep their tenants safe and secure, while complying with the codes. They were very interested in recent changes, and I did talk about fire door inspection. Someone contacted me recently from a large commercial real estate firm, to ask if he could use some of my FDAI materials because he was responsible for teaching all of their building engineers about fire doors and FDAI. I think that’s a great sign!!

      BOMA has a program called BOMA 360, which is used to evaluate operations and management practices. One of the criteria in the Life-Safety category is “Fire and Life Safety Systems Inspected and Certified Annually.” I am hoping BOMA will expand the definition so that this clearly includes fire doors. You can see the rest of the BOMA 360 criteria here: http://www.boma.org/getinvolved/boma360/Pages/360Criteria.aspx.

      – Lori

  3. Jess says:

    Hello Lori,

    some great doors seen here!!!

    from looking at the pivots and the floorplates on the old doors, appear they have a Rixson #27 (a handed floor closer) with a really big floorplate (the valve adjustment holes in the floorplate was what gave away the brand here) the pink cell phone (iphone??) really helped with scale of how big the pivot was.

    LOri and Curtis Meskus: as for the little thing in the corner of the one door (the one with the traditional pushbar (VD88) that appears to be a floor bolt, a smaller version of the cane bolt/rod used to latch 2 gates together (driveway gate for example) possible the latch don’t work right on this door or they just want another step of security and added the floor bolt to help secure the door.

    -Jess the door closer doctor

    • Lori says:

      Hi Jess –

      Curtis and I know that the little thing in the corner is a bolt…we were just mentioning it because it is not code-compliant.

      – Lori

  4. nitramnaed says:

    Lori,
    What is the finish on the Von Duprin 88’s?

    Jeff

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