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Cast and Wrought

September 2, 2009 10:45 am by

From Robert P.Winthrop’s Cast and Wrought – The Architectural Metalwork of Richmond, Virginia:

Richmond’s architectural cast iron is second only to that of New Orleans, yet it is hardly recognized. Over 130 porches and balconies, hundreds of yards of elaborate fencing, as well as scores of cast iron front buildings remain in the city today and make up the bulk of the city’s architectural metalwork.

This slim 120-page hardback book is a great introduction to the history, context, and artistry of the cast iron architectural detailing around Richmond’s oldest neighborhoods. The text of the book is incredible informative and covers cast iron fences and railings, porches, and building fronts, and also has sections on Richmond in the 19th century, iron manufacture in Richmond, and 20th century metalwork. The book is generously illustrated with photographs of the details and buildings mentioned in the text.

Cast and Wrought – The Architectural Metalwork of Richmond, Virginia was published in 1980 by the Valentine Museum (now the Valentine Richmond History Center).

The book is especially good in that it made me want to go out and look around with a fresh eye. Here is a set of photos inspired by the book, some of which are shown below.

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Leigh Street Baptist Church

Leigh Street Baptist Church

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Winston House, 103 East Grace Street

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112 West Clay Street

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00 block of East Clay Street

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2715 East Grace Street

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Pace-King House, 205 North 19th Street

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Confederate Memorial Cemetery, Hebrew Cemetery

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The Egyptian Building, East Marshall and College Streets

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