• July 30, 2014

National Historic Landmark in Indianapolis Restored with Hope’s Custom Bronze Doors

National Historic Landmark in Indianapolis Restored with Hope’s Custom Bronze Doors

National Historic Landmark in Indianapolis Restored with Hope’s Custom Bronze Doors 960 536 Hope's® Windows, Inc.

Custom Replica Design Paired with ADA Compliance for 81-year-old Indiana War Memorial

Hope’s custom bronze doors were installed in two entrances to the Indiana War Memorial, an iconic structure in downtown Indianapolis listed as a National Historic Landmark.


Opened in 1933 and rising 210 feet, the monument is part of the city’s 24-acre Indiana War Memorial Historic Plaza, encompassing two monuments, three parks, and numerous statues, sculptures and fountains. The Indiana War Memorial has three main floors housing artifacts, photos, documents, uniforms and firearms–all commemorating Hoosiers who have served in combat.

Hope's custom bronze doors

Hope’s provided customized bronze doors to exactly match and replace existing doors in the structure’s north and west entranceways. The meticulous attention to detail began when the original doors were sent to the Hope’s facilities in Jamestown, NY where a design team could study them to ensure an exact replica for each would be created.

Hope’s refurbished ornamental shapes and lattice on the doors – and, in some cases, replaced them with custom-made identical pieces. The doors were site finished to ensure a precise finish match to the façade of the historic building.

The project was initiated by the state, in part, to bring the Indiana War Memorial in compliance with ADA requirements and current fire codes. Hope’s worked closely with the project contractor, Pauly Jail Building Company of Noblesville, Indiana.

“We have done a lot of work with Hope’s over the years and knew they would deliver both the craftsmanship and professionalism required for a historic renovation project of this importance,” says Jared A. Bailey, Director of Field Operations and Senior Project Manager for Pauly.

Hope's custom bronze doors

The head of the Indiana War Memorials Commission, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. J. Stewart Goodwin, says the historic retrofit project exceeded expectations for a number of considerations, including that the “doors are beautiful, weather tight and work flawlessly while looking like the building dedication in 1933.”

Hope's custom bronze doors with new hardware

Hope’s has a long roster of historic preservation projects to its credit. The company recently shared in a 2014 Preservation Honor Award from the Historic Hawaii Foundation for its historic retrofit project at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, which included the installation of 1,700 custom, handcrafted steel windows.

Photos courtesy of Pauly Jail Building Company, Inc.

Hope's Operations During COVID-19

Like all businesses and organizations throughout the United States, Hope’s has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. As you would expect, our first priority is the health and safety of our employees, representatives, distributors, and customers who all make it possible for us to consistently provide the highest level of products and services.

In light of President Trump’s “15 Days to Slow the Spread” guidelines we implemented procedures and protocols to do our part including social distancing, sanitizing, and stepping down occupancy of our campus buildings.

On Friday March 20, New York’s Gov. Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.8 requiring all non-essential businesses to reduce the number of on-site employees by 100% effective March 22, 2020. Therefore, in compliance, we have temporarily suspended manufacturing operations.

Hope’s has submitted an official request to New York State to be designated an “essential business,” which when granted would permit Hope’s to continue manufacturing and shipping product. We expect to receive a positive response within the next two days.

In the meantime, Hope’s administrative, sales, project management, and engineering personnel are working remotely from home and continue to be available to communicate with our valued customers. We are continuing to estimate, submit bids, and produce shop drawings for contract work.

To access employee contact information, please refer to our Meet Our Team page.

Hope’s will remain diligent and highly responsive to all our customers and will keep you updated with future developments.

Be safe and stay healthy!

Randy Manitta

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