Did you see our presentation at the LA Conservancy tour of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple last weekend? We mixed over 110 custom paint colors and used over 20,000 sheets of gold leaf during our restoration work!
Mayfield Senior School was originally founded in 1931 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and is a private, all female, college prep school in Pasadena, CA. The house at the heart of the campus was built between 1914-1919 and was known as the Marshall-Eagle Estate. The property was purchased for the Society of the Holy Child Jesus by Dr. Charles and Vera Strub in 1950.
We were contacted a few months ago to see if we could save a pair of original copper and glass doors. The existing doors were pretty far gone: missing handles, missing trim, numerous holes and old patches in the copper cladding, deteriorated wood, mismatched hardware, etc. However, they couldn’t merely be replaced, because installing new doors would mean the opening would have to be upgraded to meet the current building codes. So instead, we took the doors back to our shop and got to work on the meticulous restoration:
- repaired the deteriorated wood core
- replaced the non-salvageable copper cladding
- repaired existing trim and replaced missing trim
- patina’d old and new copper to match
- reproduced a missing handle
- installed new slimline door closers
We’re pretty happy with the results, and the school is ecstatic that we could save their beautiful doors.
Philanthropist and member Erika Glazer just pledged $30 million over the next 15 years towards the restoration of the Wilshire Temple.
Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s congregation was the first synagogue in Los Angeles, and the current temple was built in 1929. This Byzantine strucutre was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The restoration work start in October 2011 and is scheduled for completion for Rosh Hashanah services this September.
KC Restoration and Lehne & Son have been working at the Temple for years painting and maintaining the doors and windows. Our current work during this huge restoration project includes decorative paint restoration, gilding, stenciling restoration, restoring and recreating the Zenitherm, door restoration, and window restoration (including some of the decorative leaded glass windows).
Check out this article and pictures at the LA Times, our own Amy Higgins even made it into one of the pictures.
We just removed a pair of beautiful old copper doors from the Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena. Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks to see the “after” pictures.