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


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.

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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 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.

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.”

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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.