Emory Report

May 3, 1999

 Volume 51, No. 30

University's main gate now ready for its close-up after facelift

Anyone who's strolled onto campus from Emory Village recently has probably noticed that one of the University's most distinguishing landmarks just got a facelift.

Emory's main gate, the black wrought iron structure that has served as the official entrance to the University since the Atlanta campus was founded in 1916, was refurbished recently to repair damage slowly inflicted over the past 80 years.

Terry Bozeman, project manager for Facilities Management, said the gate was down for about 45 days while the local firm Total Industrial Pump did repair and replacement work on it. The company replicated some of the original ivy ironwork, which was partly missing, and also replaced some ornamental scroll text. The entire structure was then sandblasted, treated with a rust-inhibiting primer and dressed up with two coats of black satin paint. TIP then transported the gate back to campus and reinstalled it.

Bozeman said the work, which cost just under $8,000, has not gone unnoticed. "It was just amazing the number of people who noticed it was missing, that it was returned and that it looked so much better," he said. "The amount of positive feedback was so encouraging. I guess the fact that it's such a focal point of the campus made anything we did to it so recognizable."

--Michael Terrazas

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