Seymour, CT – The New Haven County Courthouse is located in the Downtown of New Haven, Connecticut. It has been a prominent and stately presence on the New Haven Green since its opening in 1914.
The New Haven County Courthouse at the corner of Elm and Church Streets, was one of a handful of buildings commissioned by New Haven County to bolster its City Beautiful movement. Modeled after St. George’s Hall in Liverpool, England, the courthouse was designed by New Haven architects William Allen and Richard Williams. The building’s design infused Beaux-Arts principles in a Neo-classical style. Construction began in 1909 and five years later, at a cost of $1.3 million, the structure was completed. It officially opened its doors on March 24, 1914. Statuary in front of the Courthouse by noted sculptor J. Massey Rhind and murals and lunettes inside by famed early 20th Century painter T. Thomas Gilbert help give the imposing building its aesthetic appeal. Today it serves as the Geographical Area #23 Courthouse. The building added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 16, 2003.
Grand Light was selected to refinish the massive New Haven Courthouse Church Street and Elm Street doors to their original glory. The Church Street giant cast plate doors are over 8 ft tall and are estimated to weigh well over 800 pounds each. The restoration of these doors includes repairing and filling holes, removing all aged finish, and an application of a new beautiful red rust patina. Grand Light created a special recipe to replicate the original red rust hot patina finish. The Elm Street entrance doors, trim, and transom panels measuring 24 feet by 10.5 feet wide were too massive to remove and required Grand Light artisans set up an mobile shop on-site. The refinishing of the Elm Street entrance doors required removing all aged finish and an application of custom elegant red rust patina.
Shown above are the Elm Street doors after an application of custom red rust hot patina before lacquer has been applied.
More information regarding this project can be viewed online by clicking the link for New Haven Courthouse Doors Refinish.