Images from Robert P.Winthrop’s Cast and Wrought – The Architectural Metalwork of Richmond, Virginia:
We pass by some of the country’s best ironwork every day, giving little thought to those who cast, forged, and designed this distinctive part of our landscape
Jennie Dotts invites you to share one of her passions with her this weekend as Vintage Virginia takes you through a historical architectural tour of Richmond’s Ironwork this Sunday, November 17th from 2-4 PM.
What makes you passionate about ornamental ironwork?
Who isn’t dumbstruck at the beauty of a fragile blossom rendered in sturdy iron? Or the designers and craftsmen who used delicate spirals and radiating petals to carry the crushing weight of iron fences, gates and balconies? I love the imagination, engineering and craftsmanship it represents. In the 19th C, architectural ironwork was driven by efficiency and economy, but its popularity was its beauty and permanence.
Do you recommend any books or articles that people can review before the tour?
Bob Winthrop’s “Cast and Wrought: the Architectural Metalwork of Richmond, VA ” and Mary Wingfield Scott’s two must-haves: “House of Old Richmond” and “Old Richmond Neighborhoods.”
Why should people come check out the tour?
To understand the great gift we’ve inherited and work to preserve it. We pass by some of the country’s best ironwork every day, giving little thought to those who cast, forged, and designed this distinctive part of our landscape. If you’re lucky enough to have an old iron fence or gate, we can advise on how to preserve it. That’s not only ecologically responsible, it helps to ensure a future for the talented people and businesses dedicated to beautiful metalwork.
How often are you hoping to do these?
Vintage Virginia wants to spread our passion for traditional design and architecture. We’ve got man areas of design and construction to explore, but will probably dive deeper into ironwork in other neighborhoods-like Church Hill-where so many superb examples remain.