Durable Doors

Mid-Century Modern Building Fuses Art & Architecture in Dallas, Texas

by Roger Overend, president & CEO, Ellison Bronze

Ellison Bronze, a manufacturer of premier custom balanced doors for commercial entrances around the world, recently supplied one formed-up aluminum door, painted teal, plus additional entrance doors for the renovation of 1217 Main Street, a structure in downtown Dallas, Texas, that is garnering attention within the architectural community.

         Built in 1958, 1217 Main Street is a mid-century modern commercial building that originally served as a bank and office spaces.  In 2017, construction began on Dallas-headquartered 5G Studio Collaborative’s latest revamp of the 28,000 sq.ft. site, which included the addition of a fifth story, an innovative rainscreen façade featuring ceramic tiles in varying shades of blue, and an Ellison Bronze custom balanced door designed to complement the exterior mosaic of ceramic tiles.  The 4’ x 10’ teal aluminum Ellison balanced door is located at the entrance of Commissary on the ground floor, a modern go-to eatery in downtown Dallas.

Photos courtesy of Adam Mork

         “We were looking for a large door to make an impact at the entrance of Commissary, but we initially had an off-center pivot door in mind,” said Josh Allen, principal, 5G Studio Collaborative.  “We ended up choosing Ellison because their solid, durable hardware could handle such an oversized door.”

         Ellison supplied two additional single balanced doors for 1217 Main Street that give access to office spaces located on floors two through five.  These narrow-stile, tempered-glass doors are factory-glazed with 3/4” ultra-clear tempered glass.  All three doors, including the Commissary entrance, feature a stainless steel sidelight.

         The basement and ground floor of 1217 Main Street are occupied by a butchery and the Commissary restaurant, the second floor is an interior design firm, and floors three through five are occupied by 5G Studio Collaborative itself.

         The inventive tile façade and rainscreen attachment system were designed and created by 5G Studio in collaboration with Cuban-American artist, Jorge Pardo, famous for his fusion of art, sculpture, and architecture.  5G worked alongside tile manufacturer Cerámica Suro, Jalisco, Mexico, to create a tile with a low water-absorption rate that would not flake or crack through Dallas’ yearly weather cycles.

         Like the tile façade, the entrances are designed to last, too, because Ellison doors and frames are formed and welded using durable sheet materials that give them a rigid, unitized structure.  The balanced hardware featured on all Ellison doors allows them to outlast standard entrance systems and successfully supports the heavy and durable materials used to construct the doors.  They are also much easier to operate, even on the windiest days, which is especially beneficial in areas of steady foot traffic.

         “Ellison was great to work with,” added Allen.  “A key factor in our decision was that Ellison gave us the ability to customize components in order to fulfill the project’s design requirements.”             Other teams on the project included structural engineer Armstrong-Douglass, Dallas; façade installers TST Construction Services, Dallas, and Ramon Franklin, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas; and façade consultants, Studio NYL, Boulder, Colorado.

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