Brass Polishing

Yale University Harkness Tower

In June of 2009 Metal Man Restoration was hired to restore the cast iron windows at Yale University's Harkness Tower.  Harkness Tower is a prominent Collegiate Gothic structure at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States.The tower was constructed between 1917 and 1921 as part of the Memorial Quadrangle donated to Yale by Anna M. Harkness in honor of her recently deceased son, Charles William Harkness, an 1883 Yale graduate and the second son of Stephen V. Harkness, an early investor in the company that became Standard Oil.[1] It was the first couronne ("crown") tower in English Perpendicular Gothic style built in the modern era.



Condition: The cast iron windows were picked up from the site and were in poor condition.   There was vast amount of paint on the windows and there were some minor repairs to the structure of the windows.  


Solution: The job took over three weeks to complete a total of 27 cast iron windows which consisted of a chemical bath to remove all the paint from the windows, then we properly bead blasted the windows to remove any minor rust scale and small paint residue on the windows.   We welded some structural areas of the cast iron windows and finally applied a TNEMEC primer and urethane top coat. 



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