Historic Replication

Dawson Doors not only constructs custom-designed, one-of-a-kind doors, but can also duplicate entrances from another era.

Last year, Dawson Doors, 825 Allen St., was hired for a historic replication of doors at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. In September, the doors for the Main and Pearl street entrances were unveiled. The brass doors, hardware and decorative trim were manufactured by Dawson Doors to look like the original doors on the arts center when it opened in 1926.

The $600,000 project was made possible through funding from the New York State Dormitory Authority. Dawson Doors wasn’t the only Jamestown company involved in the project. Jamestown Bronze, 174 Hopkins Ave., produced the decorative ornate custom moldings for the entrances.

Anthony Conte, Shea’s president, said he was proud to be able to use local companies to complete the delicate and monumental task of replicating the entrances to the arts center.

”Our mission continues to restore and maintain this National Historic building for current and future generations to enjoy” Conte said. ”This is another milestone in our mission.”

The door project was one of the final steps in completing the restoration for the arts center. The doors were completed just in time for Curtain Up!, the official opening of Buffalo’s theatre season.

For more information on Dawson Doors, visit dawsondoors.com. For more information on Shea’s Performing Arts Center, visit www.sheas.org.