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The James Wade Bolton House - Column and Balustrade Case Study

Posted by Holli McRae on 10/30/14 9:30 AM

Worthington Millwork was contracted to provide the architectural fiberglass columns and balustrade systems for a renovation of the charming James Wade Bolton House in Alexandria, LA. This project was a historical renovation and of great significance to the town of Alexandria. To preserve the integrity of this turn-of-the-century home, an original baluster was perfectly replicated to create a whole new balustrade system. Similar components were also used in manufacturing the column shafts, capitals, bases and other parts of the balustrade system. The end result is a completed project, made with modern materials, while keeping the historic proportions and architecture of the 1899 construction period of the project. Worthington Millwork can exactly replicate components into new and everlasting beautiful pieces that can not only stand the test of time, but continue the historic legacy they are an integral part of. Please trust that we can handle your project with the very same care and respect it commands.

Manufacturing

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To the right you will see what the client was trying to match, compared to what we produced for them. The previous balusters were made of wood which do not stand the test of time like the polyurethane balusters do. They will now officially have a historical house with minimal maintenance on their porch.

The picture above shows the capital that was used on the columns along with the column itself and part numbers. Fiberglass columns are always the best choice for front porch columns because of their durability and warranty benefits. You will never have to worry about rot like you would with wood columns. It simply makes more since for any building that will be around for a long time to use fiberglass.



Shop Drawings

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Shop drawings are always a crucial part of any restoration or custom project. In this particular case, the client sent us the baluster he needed duplicated and we created a shop drawing of it. We then sent it off to the client to sign that it was correct before starting the project. This verifies that everyone is on the same page at all times.

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Project: The James Wade Bolton House - Alexandria, LA
contractor: Petron, Inc. - Alexandria, LA
Architect: Pan American Engineers, LLC - Alexandria, LA
Completion: July 2014
Products: WorthingtonCast™ Fiberglass Columns, WorthingtonUrethane™,  Polyurethane Balustrade System

 

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Topics: Balustrade System, Architectural Columns, Porch Columns, Fiberglass Porch Columns, Case Studies, Decorative Capitals, Polyurethane

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