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Baltimore's Cast-Iron Buildings & Architectural Ironwork

Baltimore's Cast-Iron Buildings & Architectural Ironwork

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The city of Baltimore was an innovator in the development of cast-iron architecture: the 1851 Sun Iron Building was a landmark of such construction that served as a model for early cast-iron buildings in New York and other East Coast cities, and as such deserves to be recognized by historians as the country's first large commercial cast-iron building. Since the heyday of iron in architecture, however, Baltimore's heritage of buildings in this genre, which had numbered over one hundred, has dwindled to only a handful today.

As a documentation and celebration of Baltimore's cast-iron fronts, the book details for the first time how the material of a cast-iron building was derived, fabricated, and erected. Its directory explores the history of each of the remaining cast-iron fronts in Baltimore, while separate chapters are devoted to the Peabody Library and the Sun Iron Building. This heavily illustrated work also includes reprinted catalogs of the Hayward, Bartlett and Bartlett, Robbins companies from the 1850s and 1860s.

1991, James D. Dilts and Catharine F. Black, Editors, 99 pp, Paperback

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