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Barnes ’44 Honors Metallurgists With Restored Lettering
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With the help and financial support of Bob Barnes ’44, Troy’s Burden Iron Works Museum now displays restored lettering over its entrance.

“On a visit to RPI a few years ago, I learned that the museum was at last getting a first-rate exterior facelift, but that the restoration of the missing gilt lettering over the entrance wasn’t going to be included,” says Barnes. “I felt that without the original lettering the building was naked and drab.”

As part of a class project, a group of Rensselaer undergraduates teamed up with local company Ross Valve to cast the letters using a novel new mold-making technique. To complete the project, gold leaf, seen in two test patches on the “B,” will be applied to all the lettering.

Historically at Rensselaer, says Barnes, the aeronautical engineers and the metallurgists shared the Ricketts Building. “Now that the metallurgists have been phased out by materials engineering, we Aeros thought it would be fitting to provide the lettering in recognitionof our metallurgist classmates,” he says.

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“So, you see, we Aeros are still nice guys after 70 years!”

The Burden Iron Works Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been recognized by ASM International, the Materials Information Society, as one of 115 historic landmarks around the world for its contribution to metal manufacturing history. In its heyday, the Burden Iron Works produced 51 million horseshoes per year.
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