Rosette in The Franklin
834 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
AIA Pennsylvania Preservation Award 2013
During the design of the new entry doors for The Franklin, it became apparent that some type of ornamentation was necessary. Rather than finding an off-the-shelf, generic tile, Stanev Potts chose a rosette from Trumbauer’s historic ceiling to study, scale down and re-interpret in bronze. The multi-step process was remarkably direct and satisfying: From a photograph of the ceiling, a 2-D drawing was generated, the line work was then extruded to become a 3-D model used to 3-D print prototypes.
The final version was printed to high resolution and moulded in rubber. Then, wax-casts of the original mould were packed in bronze casting medium to produce lost-wax copies. These were then patinated and inserted in the newly made bronze door frames. SPA worked closely with the foundry and finishing specialists to fabricate this essential, but unobtrusive, building detail.