Featured Project for January, 2003
Roebling Marketplace, Trenton, NJ
This project involved the restoration and reproduction of historic fixtures and bracket arms from the former Roebling Company factory, wire manufacturers and noted builders of bridges including the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC. Some of the vacant structures on this large site were converted into office and retail spaces. There were some decorative, cast iron wall brackets, originally manufactured by J H Fletcher of Dayton, OH still existing and we were able to repair some and re-cast the remainder of the missing or damaged parts.
A special paint system specified by the architect was applied to the cleaned and repaired cast iron. The original "radial wave" style, RLM fixtures were retrofitted with vapor-tight fixtures and re-wired to modern specifications. The fixtures were relocated from walls to corners therefore a new mounting method was devised and fabricated. A new method of wire entry into the structure was devised as the original was no longer viable. Before and after photos are below.
A stripped and repaired iron bracket. The next step is to make a pattern from this bracket.