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George W. Bush Library and Museum

Robert A.M. Stern Architects

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George W. Bush Library and Museum

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  • Haley-Greer

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Project Description

Ellison Bronze, Inc. offers its custom door systems to the George W. Bush Library and Museum, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas.

As the first Presidential Library of the 21st century, the dignified building complements the American Georgian style of the SMU campus. Clad in red brick and limestone, the expansive, flat-roofed three-story structure is surrounded by a landscape of native Texas trees and shrubs.

The George W. Bush Library and Museum contains a total of 42 Ellison doors, utilizing over 15,000 pounds of #280 alloy muntz bronze sheet material on the doors and frames. The doors feature custom one-of-a-kind bronze handles, each proudly displaying the lone star of Texas. Every door also has custom-milled bronze bar thresholds, employing 3,750 pounds of #280 alloy muntz bronze plate.

The Ellison doors are located throughout the museum, including Freedom Hall, a 14,000-square-foot formal gathering space at the entrance. Freedom Hall is the signature architectural feature of the building, featuring a 67-foot high tower. The Ellison doors also lead to an outdoor courtyard with a café.
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