Building Hardware

Historic Preservation

Fall 2012

Michael F. Lynch, instructor, with Alafia Akhtar

In this mini-course the students looked at building hardware, primarily for doors and windows, from the seventeenth century to the mid-twentieth century, including the chronological development of fasteners (nails and screws). Students learned how to identify the basic materials and methods of fabrication, how to research hardware in U. S. Patent records and catalogues, and how to describe known and unknown pieces of hardware. The students toured an architectural salvage shop to look at hardware examples, and several of the classes involved hands-on inspection of pieces of period hardware. Students were provided with a list of references for future research and investigation.