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Denver & Ephrata Telephone & Telegraph Company

Background

D&E Communications, Inc., formally Denver & Ephrata Telephone & Telegraph Company, is an Integrated Communications Provider that supplies telephone and data access in central Pennsylvania. Founded in 1911 and based in Ephrata, Lancaster County, D&E and has additional offices in Brownstown, Birdsboro, Lewisburg, Mechanicsburg, King of Prussia and State College.

D&E contracted Conrad enterprises, inc. to fabricate and supply all framing steel and staircase supports for their main building and the parking garage in Ephrata, PA. During the same project, Conrad supplied all ornamental metals for the main building and the adjacent courtyard.

The Project

Conrad designed and fabricated six-foot high ornamental wrought iron fencing and a ten-foot wide grand oval top gate. The fencing encloses a courtyard, which can be accessed from a side entrance of the main building. A pair of two-foot wide and eight-foot high brick pillars anchors each fence section. The pillars mirror the look of the fašade of the building. Bronze sculptures, a wooden vine trellis, low brick garden walls, a small brick surround reflecting pool, floral display and a centered flagpole complete the beauty of this urban garden spot.

Additional miscellaneous and ornamental metals fabricated by Conrad include the front staircase, the railings in the back hall exiting the building all metal for the outside fixed safety ladder and cage grates.

The highlight of the main foyer of the Denver & Ephrata Telephone & Telegraph Company building is the Art Deco styled staircase. The staircase includes glass sides with brushed gold railings and supports. A full wall waterfall continuously trickles behind the stylish two-tiered staircase. The rear exit continues the art deco style as a railing hugs both sides of the narrowing 50-foot long hallway as it heads towards the smartly designed rear doors.

Project Challenge

Conrad was asked to incorporate the design of the front staircase and the rear exit way to match the art deco design of the entire building. Conrad expert craftsman delivered with quality, efficiency and style.

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