The P.E. Guerin foundry was established in 1857 by Pierre Emmanuel Guerin. Today the company specializes in ornate, 18th-century French and English hardware, such as door knockers and knobs, hooks and hinges, and much more. Everything is custom-made of the highest, hand-made quality. The business is still owned and run by the family. Andrew F. Ward, Mr. Guerin’s great-grand-nephew, runs the company today. A majority of the orders the company fills are for private customers, according to Martin Grubman, P.E. Guerin’s vice president. Although most items are custom-ordered, there are pieces kept in stock which range in price from about $100 to $625.
"Any important building, we've done," said Mr. Grubman, including some hardware in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.