THE BERLIN IRON BRIDGE COMPANY,
These Illustrations were taken direct from
The town of Litchfield, Conn., at an expense of several thousand
dollars, lately completed a new town and county court house, which is
shown in the cut below. The building was constructed entirely of wood,
except in the center there was a brick vault for storing town records.
The openings to this vault were protected by corrugated iron fire
proof doors, furnished by The Berlin Iron Bridge Company.
The view on the right shows the ruins after the fire. The letter which
we received a few days after the
fire from the architect, Robt.
W. Hill, Esq., of Waterbury,
Conn., explains how the doors
protected the vault.
AFTER THE FIRE.
BEFORE THE FIRE.
The Berlin Iron Bridge Co., East Berlin, Conn. : Waterbury, Conn., August 17, 1888.
Dear Sirs:—I have just returned from Litchfield, Conn., where I examined the ruins of the new court house.
The court house has been entirely consumed by fire, and nothing is left standing but two chimneys and the two brick
vaults, which were built to preserve the town and county records.
The doors on the vaults, which were furnished by your company, protected them perfectly. The vaults being
new, no records had yet been placed in them, but the inside wood-work and some yellow pine shavings lying on the
floor were unscorched. The outside doors are of course more or less warped and burned, but the inside vestibule
doors are unharmed, the paint not being blistered; in fact they are in as good condition as when they were put in, and
will be used again, and with some repairs, the outside doors can be used again.
I have never seen a corrugated iron box door of any kind exposed to so severe a heat as this, and shall have no
hesitation hereafter in recommending your corrugated iron doors for fire proof vaults. I consider this a very severe
test, as the building was entirely of wood, and very heavily timbered.
Yours very truly, ROBERT W. HILL, Architect.
EAST BERLIN, CONNECTICUT, U. S. A.