This page may take a while to load, we decided to use larger higher quality pictures since they may be needed in the future. These pictures are of the Santa Fe Station in Claremont, California at the Claremont Depot This is before D.P. Door Company saved the doors from being replaced. The video is the process of saving the doors, the after pictures (not posted yet) look like the before except the pivot point have changed of the Santa Fe Doors. The video is the carpenters of D.P. Door Co installing a different hardware system to allow the original Claremont Depot Santa Fe Station doors from 1927 to work. DP Door donated their labor to make sure these doors did not end up in a dumpster. After 30 man-hours of labor the doors look the same as before we started, the way it should.
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Claremont Depot Santa Fe Station Metrolink. Built 1927,

This picture is April 15,2011 By David Patsch, viewed from the north after we re-worked the doors.

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Refresh to replay, takes a minute to load. This is a short video of part of the installation. We will post a longer one after it is converted for online loading.


D.P. Door Preserves Claremont Depot's History
The Santa Fe Station at the Claremont Depot was part of the beginning of Claremont California. The city was founded in 1887 in part by the Santa Fe Railroad.
In 1927 the Station was rebuilt to a spectacular Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. One of the most distinctive architectural features of the station is the majestic doors and transom that predominate the height of the building. As the brass plaque outside the doors states: the Doors were commissioned by Santa Fe Railroads with a designed to show their cross and circle logo. For the last several years these doors were in such disrepair they were held shut by a shelf bracket
The front doors of the Claremont Depot will soon be the main staging area of the AMGEN world class bike race scheduled for May 15th through the 22nd. With over 25,000 spectators expected this month to come to Claremont for the world class bike race it would have been embarrassing if the doors at the AMGEN staging area did not work.
Experts were convinced the doors could not be repaired; the city asked D.P. Door to replace the historic doors but D.P. Door's owner David Patsch could not bring himself to throwaway these handmade pieces of history. David went to the drawing board and decided on a hardware system that would utilize the stronger parts of the doors and eliminate the old hardware that caused the damage to the doors.
After D.P Door donated 30 man-hours of labor the doors now work better then ever. "I've never seen doors open and close so easily, we want you (D.P. Door) to do the other doors too." said Ryan the city employee in charge of the project .
"Even though the doors are custom and are twice as thick as regular doors we could have made replicas, but it is more important that decades from now tour guides can say these are the original Santa Fe doors from 1927. After all how many doors have a brass plaque dedicated to them." said David Patsch.
You can see pictures of the doors and a video of the process at


This is the start,



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How many doors have plaques about them?
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Part of the fun is watching the Metrolink train, you can see the conductor clearing the door.

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Looking north through front doors. The Claremont Depot Santa Fe Station doors have the Santa Fe Logo design. Notice the circle and cross of Santa Fe.


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Old doors need old fashion methods. Frank hand chiseling to dap for hinge.

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The pivot on the left side of this picture was removed. Not easy to do, it goes 6" into the concrete floor and had frozen bolts that had to be drilled out, but this system is what broke the bottom of the doors.

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We had to remove and re-install the threshold to take out the floor pivots. Brent Collette did an excellent job in preventing damage to the original solid brass threshold. Kevin is filling in the large hole the old pivot closer left in the floor.

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As always we leave the place cleaner then when we got there.

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This looks just like the front of the Claremont Depot Santa Fe Station but it is the south side from the railroad tracks. To passengers of the train I guess this is the front. The picture is from 1927.


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