Choosing a Restoration Ironworks
This reproduction of nineteenth century wrought and cast iron stoop and sidewalk railings was executed for a Greenwich Village (New York City) residence which had the original removed in the 1950's during a "modernization". All patterns and work were done from the architect's drawings.

Wrought iron entrance grilles for the International Headquarters of the Limited Stores, Madison Avenue, New York City.

This 35 x 46 inch cast iron information tablet for Antietam National battlefield, Sharpsburg Maryland, was made from the original, which was shattered into sixteen pieces, of which only fourteen were available. The plaque weighs 242 pounds.
The pure restoration of a wrought or cast ironwork does not ordinarily entail the need for shop drawings (ie; measured, professionally done blueprints of work to be done). In a pure restoration, detailed photographs of typical details should suffice and should be taken (either by the contractor or yourself) before any work commences. It is another situation where a good restoration ironworks will do this without being asked. We are very proud of "before" and "after" shots of all of our commissions. They can also be used to settle questions of what a particular item formerly looked like. Any significant change from existing conditions (or for new work) should be accompanied by shop or architectural drawings. There is a right way and a wrong way to do everything. Everything in eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century ornamental ironwork is dictated by styles suited to particular area and era, and the best way to prevent any problems where there is no existing piece is a good drawing.

Additionally, such drawings are frequently required for approvals by community boards and landmarks commissions. if you expect drawings, ask for them before you go to contract to be sure they will be provided after you sign one.


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