Exterior Gilding

The Gilders' Studio has successfully gilded tens of thousands of square feet of exterior surfaces, including hard to coat aluminum, lead coated copper, lead and stainless steel.  We have also gilded most other ferrous and nonferrous metals as well as concrete, terra cotta, stone and fiberglass. We are experts in preparation and coatings technology, prerequisites to  a finish that will last for decades while exposed to the  elements.

When the Romans first clad the roof of the Pantheon with gold, they were making a statement for the ages. And so it is today. While the gold on the Pantheon was removed long ago by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian, we are still surrounded by domes, art and architecture embellished with gold. As the Romans implicitly felt, there is no material with the enduring luster of gold, especially in an exterior environment.  Even now, in the atmosphere of our modern cities, gold will endure. Gold is a noble metal.


Flame of Knowledge

Flame of Knowledge

Library of Congress,  Washington, DC

Prepared and gilded new copper flame on the Thomas Jefferson Building's  dome with 23.5 KT gold leaf.

Owner: United States Government
Architect: Architect of the Capitol
Designer: Architect of the Capitol  
Finishes Shown: 23.5 KT genuine gold leaf
icon-award Listed on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks


NY Life Insurance Headquarters

NY Life Insurance Headquarters

New York, New York

The Gilders' Studio acted as  Construction Manager and Gilding Contractor for the project, which encompassed restoration of the 22,000 SF tile clad roof and 65’ tall bronze lantern. Working on 23 levels of scaffolding, all the tiles and the lantern were prepared by sponge blasting. The lantern also had extensive repairs made to the bronze and copper, which took over two months to complete. All the surfaces then received the appropriate  primer followed by  application of over 30,000 SF of 23.75 KT gold leaf.


Georgia State Capitol

Georgia State Capitol

Atlanta, Georgia

In a multi-phased project over two years, we stripped the existing coatings, prepared and re-gilded the monel dome with 23.50 KT gold leaf. This project was executed on rope to save the cost of scaffolding.

Owner: State of Georgia
Architect: Georgia Building Authority
Finish Shown: 23.5 KT genuine gold leaf


Washington Temple

Washington Temple

LDS Church, Washington, DC

After the cladding for the spires was removed by others, we blasted the steel panels, then prepared and applied size over which we gilded with 23.75 KT gold leaf. They were then re-installed. The Angel Moroni atop the tallest spire was prepared and re-gilded in situ from a crane basket.

Owner: LDS Church


#10 Light Street

#10 Light Street

Baltimore, Maryland

Restored original copper mansard roof and gilded the lead coated copper parapets, pilasters and C scrolls with over 6,000 SF of 23KT gold.

Owner: Bank of America
Architect: RTKL right52-icon
Awards : Baltimore Acrhitecture Foundation "Golden Griffin Award"
Finish Shown: 23KT genuine gold leaf


Chapel of St. Basil

Chapel of St. Basil

University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas

Prepared and gilded the new copper dome and cross with over 3,600 SF of 23.5 KT gold leaf. This is the largest exterior gilded dome in Texas.

Owner: University of St. Thomas
Architect: Philip Johnson right52-icon
Designer: Philip Johnson
Finish Shown: 23.5 KT genuine gold leaf


Pat Neff Hall

Pat Neff Hall

Baylor University, Waco, Texas

The existing stainless steel domes were etched and primed then gilded with 23.50 KT gold leaf.



Pat Neff Hall

Pat Neff Hall

Baylor University Waco, Texas

Detail of the stainless steel cupola above the main dome. Applying any coating to stainless steel is problematic so the proper preparation by experts is especially important. This finish has been in service for over 8 years and still looks as new.


Crestar Bank

Crestar Bank

Washington, DC

We were responsible for replicating the historic soldered copper weathervane as well as fabricating a new copper dome in place to match the original, which had deteriorated to the point that all the sheating underneath had to be replaced as well as the skin. We also gilded the  copper dome, weathervane  and clock face and repatinated over 5,000 SF of cornice, turrets and ornament.

Architect: Ward Hall Associates right52-icon
Finish: 23.5 KT gold leaf and verdigris patina


Dubuque County Courthouse

Letter of recommodationDubuque County Courthouse

Dubuque, Iowa

Stabilized and prepared surfaces to be gilded and apply genuine 23KT gold leaf to 1800 SF.

Owner: Dubuque County
Architect: Design Associates
Photo: Steve Huber
Finishes Shown: 23KT genuine gold leaf
icon-award Listed on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks


Faneuil Hall (circa 1742)

Faneuil Hall (circa 1742)

Boston, Massachusetts

This historic structure, frequently cited as the birthplace of the American Revolution, was prepared and gilded in a contract that included the re-gilding of the dome atop the Old State House (circa 1712) as well.  The domes were stripped, prepared and gilded with 23.5 KT gold leaf.

Architect: National Park Service
Finish: 23.5 KT gold leaf


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Kansas City, Missouri

The 4,000+ SF copper dome and lantern were prepared and gilded with 23.5 KT gold leaf.

Architect: Devine, Yvon, Flager


Sikh Temple

Sikh Temple

Burke, Virginia

After extensive repair to the fiberglass skin, this replica of the dome atop the Golden Temple of Amritsar in Kashmir was properly prepared then gilded with 23.5 KT gold leaf.

Architect: Bill Lieu and Associates
Finish: 23.5 KT gold leaf


St. Casimir Church

St. Casimir Church

Baltimore, Maryland

Repaired the 80-year-old copper domes on the two bell towers followed by stripping, preparing and applying a new layer of 23.5 KT gold leaf to the domes and crosses.

Architect: JRS Architects
Finish: 23.5 KT gold leaf


Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall

Boca Raton, Florida

The existing copper dome on this historic structure in South Florida had been gilded since it was erected in the early 20th century. Exposure to the salt air formed a verdigris layer under the gold, which had to be stabilized after stripping. It was then prepared and gilded with 23.5 KT gold leaf.

Owner: City of Boca Raton


Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Knights Tower Washington, DC

We stripped and restored the gilding on the finial and cross atop the 425' tall bell tower. We used 23.5KT gold leaf. 

Owner: The Archdiocese of Washington DC
Finish Shown: 23.5 KT genuine gold leaf