The facility managers reached out to their go-to architectural woodworking company, Century Woodworking. They knew—from previous projects we’d done with them—we had the knowledge and experience to provide custom millwork, doors, and windows for historical restoration projects. The facility managers asked us to remove the old door and install a white oak replacement that would have the same gothic arches and leaded glass as the original.
Custom Woodworking Replicates Historical Look and Feel of Gothic Style Door
Gothic arched doors can be difficult to replicate. Creating the refined shape of arches like these requires the expertise of a skilled woodworker. In addition, any disturbance of the original masonry can cause the shape of the arch to shift, which could impact how the door fits into the frame. The property manager wanted to ensure the door would be replaced without any structural damage to the rest of the wall.
To prevent this disturbance, Century Woodworking used hard templates to obtain the exact dimensions of the doorway. Hard templating involves removing the existing door and making a plywood template of the masonry opening. Our field manager created the template onsite and then sent it on to our draftsmen, who were able to duplicate the representation of the gothic arched door in white oak.
White oak, a hardwood, has incredible wear resistance along with medium crushing and bending strength. We installed leaded glass windows to match the details of the rest of the historical Connecticut university building. Leaded glass is a feature often seen in windows on churches and other classic buildings.
Century Woodworking’s craftsmen expertly fabricated the white oak replacement door with gothic arches and leaded glass to the required specifications. We were then able to install the door without altering or damaging the existing masonry.
For more information about historically accurate architectural woodworking features, contact the experts at Century Woodworking today.