Cast Iron

Midway in Time

That’s Bow Bridge in Central Park, the most prominently located and arguably most beautiful of the park’s many bridges. This picture was taken when it was about 40 years old, which was about 110 years before we worked on the composite wrought-iron/cast-iron beams that support its deck from the main cast-iron girders.

Updated Ridiculousness

Tim Michiels was kind enough to point out that the building I discussed with cast-iron sperm-candle columns is landmarked, and therefore should be reused at some point. Good news. On the other hand, the building has been in its current state since at least 2013, when the picture on its Wikipedia page was taken, which …

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The Original Ridiculousness

In June, I discussed the “sperm candle column” both as an architectural element and as one of the most ridiculous names in the field. As I mentioned then, the very tall, spindly columns that mark this style originated in cast-iron facades and made their way back to masonry facades like the examples I showed then. …

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Beautiful and Seemingly Out of Place

The Lower East Side can surprise you. Portions of it were once industrial, but there’s not much left as physical reminders of that fact. But there, on First Avenue, is a perfectly-preserved neo-grec cast-iron front loft building. It looks like it somehow drifted over from the cast iron district in SoHo, about a mile and …

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