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Bryn Athyn Cathedral metal work

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Ok I thought  I'd post some picts of the metal work in the cathedral.  The metal work here spans a fairly long time period and you can see the development of the unique style that developed here in Bryn Athyn as they built the cathedral culminating in the work in Glencairn near by that I may post picts of later. Most of the metal work here was designed by Parke Edwards who worked at one time with Yellin. From what I understand some think Edwards work here is in some ways better than the typical Yellin iron work that is seen everywhere.

If you are ever in the Philly area and you love metal work, you owe it to yourself to come look at some of this. A good portion of what I'm posting isn't open to the public, but there is still metal work to see almost everywhere you look here.

I tried to narrow down the picts, but I still have over 100 showing just part of the detailed forged metal work in the cathedral. I'll try to keep it to 5 to 10 picts on each major area. None of it is cast, the vast majority is all forged Monel, but there are some brass or bronze accents and some exterior door surfaces that are treated in bronze.

I think I'll start off with some overall picts of the cathedral....









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Lets start off with doors and door hardware. There are roughly 140 doors in the cathedral. All have a unique hinge/ hardware set up right down to the hand forged nuts and bolts used on the door.

Sorry if the pict quality on all these picts isn't the greatest, They don't allow flash picts, so all these were shot hand held at ISO 1600 with my little camera since the Nikon won't let me choose the ISO to shoot at.

First on the door list will be hinges.... Lets look at the details where they meet the stone work to start out.
















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The door at the end of the nave is unbelievable. I could spend days looking at the detail work on this door alone. Again all of this is forged, even the letters at the top. None of it is cast.













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Inside there is another impressive set of grill work in I guess what might be referred to as the "chapel" possibly. The 4 panels are roughly 4' wide and 12' high and every detail is unique throughout the whole thing. Again you could spend hours looking at all the detail hera and how it's all put together....












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Again this one deserves two posts for picts... Each finial at the top is also different than all the others. Shame they are so high up you can't see them all that well. Detail of some of the pass thru joints and collars that are used to build this.











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Ok now how about some stair rails... 1st on the list is one in the outer court. Like everything else it's all monel antiqued to look like aged bronze. In this case however the antiquing has started to wear off from exposure to the elements and you start to see more of the bare monel than you do elsewhere. It does allow you to more easily see some of the OA welds that they did to do repairs and so on to the work when they made it.









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Next stair is probably one of the latter peices of the metal work here at the cathedral and shows as far as design style goes. Shame it's not readily accessible to the public. Again all of this is sheet or bar stock and forged, not cast. Note how the work turns in two directions at the corner to match the stair. I wish these picts showed the curve better than they do. It's not a straight 90 deg angle like it looks in the picts.











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No detail is too small for them. A few of the Monel lights, and they even made the switch plates and switch plate screws and the nuts that attach the door hinges!
















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Not too many more to go... rolleyes.giflaughing.gif

The attention to detail continues to the hand forged monel window frames and window catches, plus the hold open hardware... Again each window handle is unique. These two rooms must have had 10 to 15 window handles each...











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Winding down now...

This one shows part of a monel framed glass door. Look at how they fitted the doors to the stone work. Note how they split the nuts that hold the panels together where they meet at the door to the fixed side lights. I wish the over all pict had turned out so you'd get a better over all feel for this one. Last pict shows the nut/bolt assembly from the side of the door with the door open.









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And finally just a couple quick picts of some of the stone work. They put the same attention to detail and an attempt to make everything unique in all parts of the building, not just the metal work.






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