Franklin Report Report Card for Traditional Line Ltd. in New York City
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Traditional Line Ltd.
143 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 627-3555
Main Contact: Jim Boorstein & David Porter
Contractors - General
Millwork & Cabinetry

Services & Specialties
Exacting, refined restorations and renovations

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Masters of nearly-forgotten techniques, Jim Boorstein and David Porter of Traditional Line are “top-drawer” in restoration and preservation. Admirers say they “create magic” while resuscitating museums, private residences and public buildings in Manhattan. Their astonishing talents include refinishing and restoration of complex woodworking details as well as reproduction of panels, mantelpieces, stairways and period hardware. The firm even does furniture restoration. Traditional Line’s extensive knowledge and skill can be applied to modern spaces as well as landmark houses and apartments.

Originally a sculptor, Boorstein shaped the firm in 1984 after completing the restoration of the New American period rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Clients remark that Traditional Line’s twenty craftspeople are “truly artisans” and are always mindful of the client’s space. Customers praise the firm’s work, but note that if there’s work to be done that’s not attached to restoration, you might want to resolve it first. At any one time, Traditional Line will take on two sizeable restoration projects and numerous smaller projects. Small projects start at $25,000, while large residential spaces come with multi-million-dollar price tags.

Representative Client Comments:
“I’m thrilled with the results and recommended them to three friends. They are the only people who can do work in my apartment.” “Brilliant–and in addition, extremely nice people to work with.” “The de-installation of the Spanish Mudjar ceiling in the Islamic Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was a challenging project, and Traditional Line carried out all aspects of it in the most responsible and professional manner.” “Their expertise and qualifications for handling historic interiors are unparalleled.” “All restoration work was satisfactory if a bit expensive.” “Project took longer than necessary.” “Top of the heap for what they do.” “Nobody at Traditional Line I wouldn’t work with again. The best thing out there. I recommend them to everybody!” “Honest, hardworking and dedicated to what they do.” “We went through four contractors before we found Traditional Line.”

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