You'll be surprised by how many of these structures you recognize - and have maybe visited! Dahlstrom has taken on beautiful architectural projects and high-profile clients since day one. Here are some of the projects that are nearest and dearest to our hearts.
1. The Historic Wells Fargo Building
If you’ve read our article on Dahlstrom’s extensive history, you’ll remember that the company started out making doors for early elevators. The Wells Fargo building was the first location to feature a Dahlstrom elevator door.
Located in Portland, Oregon, this building was completed in 1906 and is considered Portland’s first true skyscraper. The architects decided the twelve-story building needed elevators, and Dahlstrom was tasked with providing the doors.
Did you know: The first commercial passenger elevator was installed in a five story building in 1857?
2. The United States Express Co. Building
Constructed in 1905, the U.S. Express Building was Dahlstrom’s first contract. At twenty-six stories tall, it once towered over the streets of New York!
Designed in a Renaissance-inspired style, the building is simple yet elegant. The outside is terra cotta, and the tower-esque shape allows natural light penetrate the top floors from all sides.
As our first contract, you might think it would be a small order, but our founders ended up making 2,000 doors with matching trim for this historic building.
Did you know: The U.S. Express Company went out of business in 1914 due to the 1912 law allowing the U.S. Postal Service to offer Parcel Post.
The Singer Building was completed in 1908, boasted forty-seven floors, and was Dahlstrom’s second contract.
The Singer Building was an office building in the financial district in Manhattan. From 1908-1909, it was the tallest building in the world.
Dahlstrom produced 2,500 doors and matching trim for this architectural giant.
Unfortunately, the Singer Building was demolished in 1968 before the Landmarks Preservation Commission could save it.
Did you know: The Singer Building is the third tallest building that has ever been destroyed, trailing only the World Trade Center Towers.
The Rockefeller Center is a masterpiece of architecture designed by John D. Rockefeller in 1930. Known as a “city within a city,” the huge structure was acenterpiece of style and the arts in NYC.
This building has been an unfailing hub of entertainment from the beginning - from being the production site of Gone With the Wind in the ‘30s to Frank Sinatra’s five sold-out shows in the ‘90s.
Dahlstrom is proud to have provided metal trim for the interior - the Rockefeller Center remains one of the world’s most impressive structures almost a hundred years later.
Did you know: An estimated one million people walk through the Rockefeller Center every year.
It’s impossible to mistake this building’s needle spire piercing the clouds above Manhattan. Officially opened to the public in 1931, the Empire State Building held the crown of “World’s Tallest Building” for almost forty years.
It’s an honor to have Dahlstrom metal trim products housed within this classic American icon.
Did you know: The Empire State Building is classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
The list doesn't end there. Other famous buildings featuring Dahlstrom products include:
- The U.S. Capitol Building,
- The U.S. House and Senate Offices,
- The Willard Hotel,
- Wrigley Field,
- and more.
Want to get some of our classic metal mouldings for your own architectural project? Check out our metal mouldings information page here.
Is steel a sustainable material? Incredibly so.
Architects are often frustrated when they see a finished installation of trim mouldings that have unsightly gaps. But what if you were able to get pre-fabricated outside corners and coped inside corners directly from the factory? This is possible with a soon-to-be launched metal trim package.
More than ever, architects and designers are seeking sustainable ways to do business. Their minds soon bend to recyclable and eco-friendly materials -- like brass, perhaps.