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March 7, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Time Details:
This event is during Sunday hours, from 2:00PM-5:00PM
West Baton Rouge Museum
845 N Jefferson Ave
Port Allen, LA 70767
This event is FREE and open to the public
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Hinged on History: Historic and Reproduction Hardware Show and Tell

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Please join the West Baton Rouge's residential blacksmith as he shows off examples of historical architectural hardware and reproductions. This program is in partnership with the A. Hays Town and the Architectural Image of Louisiana exhibit, on display in the Whitehead Gallery.

Visitors touring the A. Hays Town and the Architectural Image of Louisiana on Sunday March 7 from 2 – 5 p.m., the last day of the exhibit, will have the added bonus of meeting with West Baton Rouge Museum’s resident blacksmith, Gary Hart. Mr. Hart will have examples of historical architectural hardware and reproductions he personally made by hand for visitors to examine as they tour the gallery space. A. Hays Town, one of the most recognized and beloved of Louisiana architects who worked in the 20th century, was known for choosing every detail down to the historic hinges for his residential projects that were reminiscent of early Louisiana homes.

Gary Hart is a professional ornamental blacksmith who is notably known for his custom stair rail and chandelier iron work. Over the course of his career, he has also been commissioned for restoration work to reproduce hardware for 18th and 19th century historic houses.

A. Hays Town and the Architectural Image of Louisiana is on loan from the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Museum.

Masks are required and social distancing protocol will be followed.  

West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, call (225)336-2422 Ext. 200 or for driving directions, please visit

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