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Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation

Specialty Door Hardware for Historic Preservation

Arched Hinge BackplatesSince 1880, Richards-Wilcox has been manufacturing hardware and door accessories for use in historically significant buildings.  Many of our products still feature the original designs that were introduced in the 1880’s which are some of the earliest manufactured hardware for barns, stables and garages. These antique patterns or historically accurate replicas are now extensively used in the traditional building and historic preservation markets including:

  • Renovated Fire Houses
  • Carriage Houses
  • Museums
  • Wineries
  • Restored Barns and Stables
  • Residential Doors
  • Ornamental Iron or Wooden Gates
  • Cellar Doors
  • Boat Houses
Aurora Fire Museum Door

Aurora Fire Museum
Old photographs and blueprints allowed the Aurora Fire Museum to replicate the original fire house doors complete with Richards-Wilcox Door Hinges.
Specially designed backplates on the reverse side help to support the massive doors that originally allowed access for teams of firefighters on horse drawn wagons.

Adaptive Reuse

Adaptive reuse of factories and warehouses is another application for door hardware used for entrances, moveable walls, or other inventive designs.

Goggle Works Box Track SystemFor example, the repurposed Goggle Works Center for the Arts (shown right) was a factory that supplied aviator goggles and gas masks for soldiers during World War II.

It was rescued from demolition, and turned into an art center with museum, studio space for resident artists and classrooms for community outreach.  The large gallery space has special panels mounted to sliding door track to create multiple moveable galleries and rotating exhibits. 

The Old Becomes New

Flat track, the earliest style of sliding door track used for barns, stables and garage door operation, began to be replaced in the 1930’s by the introduction of the enclosed boxed track designed by Richards-Wilcox.

When the historic preservation movement gained traction in the United States  after the 1980’s, many building owners began to seek out sliding door track in the original flat design prevalent in early construction.  Now more than ever architects and home owners are specifying this unique style of sliding door track in new traditional building and rustic homes.  Today’s flat track has been modernized with safety features that were lacking in the original design such as anti-jump blocks, guide channels and stay rollers.

Modern Living RoomResidential Flat Track HardwareReferences

Goggle Works Art Gallery
B & O Railroad Museum
Wye Hall
Salisbury House
Aurora Fire Museum