Monday, April 2, 2012

Business Directory: Architectural Aluminum

Metal Trims, Incorporated (MTI), was a Jackson, Mississippi-based company that specialized in extruding, fabricating, and finishing architectural and industrial aluminum.  Its products were popular in mid-20th-century New Orleans, perhaps due to local representation by the R.P. Guilbault Company. MTI brises soleil were utilized at the New Orleans Public Library (Curtis & Davis), the Montelepre Hospital (Ricciuti Associates) and the Moisant International Airport (Goldstein, Parham & Labouisse in association with Herbert Benson & George Riehl).

Images above represent Moisant International Airport:  Upper:  MTI Industries. Architectural Aluminum: New Freedom in Design, brochure. Jackson: MS, n.d.; Lower:  MTI Industries. Solar Aluminum Grid, postcard. Hiatt-Ford Photography. Jackson, MS, n.d. Trade Catalogs Collection, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries. "Modern and Handsome Passenger Terminal Building at Moisant International Airport Will Give New Orleans One of the Newest and Finest Facilities of Its Kind in the Nation. The Dominating Feature is a Domed Main Lobby with a Parabolic Roof Rising 53 Feet above the Floor of the Building."  The Annual Report of the Mayor. New Orleans: 1958/59. Jones Hall Louisiana Research Collection, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries.

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