Martha Crone Shelter

The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

2007 - New Screen door for the Martha Crone Shelter at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden.

Susan Wilkins by the new door
Above: Susan Wilkins, Garden curator, by the new screen door. Click on image for a larger photo of the door.

Another Project funded by the Friends was completed this fall. The shelter has had various screen doors over the years but there was research evidence that the original design for a door was never followed through on and various substitute doors were installed. One door was damaged in a break-in at the Shelter in the Winter of 1977 and was either subsequently removed and replaced with the existing door or was repaired and replaced and was damaged again in a 1988 break-in. So to get back to a more original design, volunteer Kathleen Connelly and Garden Curator Susan Wilkins took on the replacement project and worked to find artisans to create it. The door was completed and installed. In the spring (2008) visitors could enjoy the passing breezes through this lovely work of art constructed of quarter-sawn white oak with mortise and tendon joinery. The carpenter, John May, constructed the door while blacksmith, Tom Latane created unique metal hinges and door handle (see images below). The design fits perfectly with the architecture of the Shelter building and looks as if it were always a part of the Garden.


shelter door handle drawing Shelter door hinge drawing

Above - the line drawings of the door hardware and below - the final product.

New shelter door handle New shelter door hinges