Materials Conservation Co., LLC
Harrisburg, PA

Materials Conservation Co., LLC investigated and implemented conservation treatments for a set of bronze entrance doors at the Forum Building, located within at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex.

Completed in 1931, the Forum Building houses the State Library and Forum Auditorium. The bronze and glass doors treated by Materials Conservation are one of eleven sets of doors in the building designed by Lee Oscar Lawrie, one of the foremost architectural sculptors of the period. Lawrie’s work is featured in many prominent buildings including the Nebraska and Louisiana State Capitols and Rockefeller Center.

The bronze doors had suffered from exposure to the elements and many of the glass panes needed replacement. Bronze treatments included laser and chemical cleaning, installation of new hardware, re-patination, and application of a coating to protect from future damage. The treatment protocols established by Materials Conservation are intended to serve as a test sample to determine the conservation plan for the remaining ten sets of doors on the building.


Before and after treatment