Cast Iron

Construction History: Growth

That handsome building, seen above around 1876 when it was four years old, is the Bennett Building at Nassau between Ann and Fulton Streets. It’s still around, and known today for three things: it’s one of very few buildings with three full cast-iron facades, the trim on the cast iron is rather brightly colored, and …

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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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