1785 Massachusetts is known as the Andrew Mellon Building on Embassy Row in Washington DC. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and noted as an individual US Historic Landmark.
Built in 1915 by Stanley McCormick and designed in the Beaux Arts Style by Architect Jules Henri de Sibour.
Allen Architectural Metals, under a subcontract with Grunley Construction removed, restored, replaced, and reinstalled ground railings, and 4th and 5th floor balcony railings (measuring 300 feet) wrapping around three sides of the building. After initial survey and documentation, removal of railing, shop drawings, lead paint removal, repairs with all galvanized steel tube and solid steel members, replacement of all cast iron castings required, all prime and finish painting as specified, and railing reinstallation. Allen Architectural also repaired, restored, replaced, and reinstalled the front entrance canopy, which involved fabricating door infill panels from historic photos.
QUALITATIVE STANDARDS DEMONSTRATED: The project was completed using the requirements from the New York Landmarks commission and demonstrates qualitative standards A. 1-3.
DESCRIPTION OF MATERIALS AND METHODS USED TO PREFORM THE WORK: 1785 Massachusetts Avenue Project was a cast iron railing and cast iron canopy restoration. This job involved replicating cast iron components from original material. Full removal and reinstallation was performed by AAM. Also, the railing and canopy was finished painted by Allen Metals.
List of Materials: – Raw materials (steel, stainless steel, and cast iron) – Replication of Original Cast Iron Parts
Methods: – Capturing Molds from original material, pattern design, pattern creation, casting production from Foundry – Steel fabrication: welding, machining, and design of the façade framing structure per re-installation – Painting: priming, finishing, sealing, intermediate process, and finish coat for final product