In 1904, Charles Dahlstrom invented and introduced the world’s first fireproof steel door. It wasn’t long after that word of his new company spread and his architectural mouldings became popular too.
The history of Dahlstrom mouldings is vast, and so is our catalog of metal mouldings. For your amusement, we went into the Dahlstrom archives and dug up the oldest profiles we could find for what was then Dahlstrom Metallic Door Co.’s Moulding Division.
The earliest date on these drawings is 1911; many have some of our oldest recorded jobs. All of the mouldings listed still exist in today’s catalog and are available for custom ordering.
Care to take a fascinating peek into architectural history?
10 Oldest Metal Architectural Mouldings
1. Moulding #130
- Originally drawn on Sept. 23, 1911.
- First recorded job was on March 27, 1951.
- The original client was Diebold Inc.
- This profile was quite popular over the next decade -- many of the orders then were made by the old Herring-Hall-Marvin Safe Co., which requested both steel and bronze versions.
2. Moulding #152
- Originally drawn on Sept. 23, 1911
- First recorded job was on Nov. 30, 1953
- The client was Herring-Hall-Marvin Safe Co.
- Many orders ensued in the decade to come, mostly in steel.
3. Moulding #296
- Originally drawn on Sept. 27, 1911
- First recorded job was on Aug. 20, 1949
- The client was Engineering Metal Products Co.
4. Moulding #263
- Originally drawn on Sept. 27, 1911
- First recorded job was on Oct. 6, 1950
- The original client was Geo. R. Habgood Co., a Philadelphia-area architectural contractor.
5. Moulding #166
- Originally drawn on Jan. 25, 1912
- First recorded job was on Aug. 9, 1950
- The original client was Otis Elevator Co. To this day they still develop elevators, escalators, moving walkways, and more.
6. Moulding #115
- Originally drawn on June 3, 1912; revised on Sept. 23, 1925
- First recorded job was on May 12, 1948
- Client was Virginia Metal Products Corp., an architectural products manufacturer located in Orange, Va.
7. Moulding #200
- Originally drawn on Nov. 22, 1912
- First recorded job was on Jan. 2, 1948
- The client was A.H. Marty Co., a Cleveland-based metal fabricator who has been in business since 1910.
8. Moulding #305-A
- Originally drawn on Dec. 10, 1912
- First recorded job was on June 8, 1948
- The client was Interior Steel Equipment Co.
- This profile was also ordered twice in 1959 my American Metal Works, which continues to do business today.
9. Moulding #38
- Originally drawn on June 6, 1913
- First recorded job was on March 28, 1949
- The client was Pioneer Fireproof Door Corp. (Once other companies took over the steel door industry, we started supplying the metal trim for them.)
10. Moulding #299
- Originally drawn on Oct. 14, 1914
- First recorded job was on Dec. 1, 1948
- The client was Harner Elevator Manufacturing Co.
Where a Rich Past & Emerging Trends Intersect
We can still make these 10 metal moulding profiles today, plus a whole lot more. Curious what’s popular today among our selection of 1,600+ moulding profiles? Click here for the top 10 list.
If you’d like to see an architectural moulding in person, click the graphic below and we’ll sent a courtesy sample. You’ll have 114 years of history in your hands!
Metal manufacturing is fascinating because it’s always getting better. Take steel doors and frames -- today’s manufacturers can produce doors that are not only simple to customize and paint, but also will last a lifetime.
You may have noticed a few differences on our website lately. To recognize the growth of our business on both sides -- OEM roll forming and decorative metal trim -- we have adjusted the website's structure to make navigation easier for customers.
A good architect knows steel windows are beautiful and bursting with possibilities.
But let’s talk about the hard facts about steel windows and trim (or perhaps another strong metal like bronze) and how using it in architecture is beneficial beyond the aesthetics.