Fall 2006
Volume 5
Inside this issue:
• Newhall Fountain
• Serenbe
• Restoration of the Union Station Porte Cochere
• Residential Fountains
• Robinson's Specialty Finishes

Grand old fountains, a very special small town and handcrafted finishes sprinkle this issue with Fall's expectations of cooler temps and outdoor activities.
Newhall Fountain- Fairfield, Maine
The citizens of Fairfield, Maine wanted to recapture some of the mystery and excitement of the fountain which once graced Newhall Memorial Park. Over the years bits and pieces had deteriorated severely until only the upper bowl and several detached feet belonging to two tiny cherubs were left. The lower part of the fountain had been rocked over in an effort to stabilize the piece. Some remembered it had once been much more.

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Serenbe
Taking shape outside Atlanta in the gently rolling hills of Palmetto, Georgia is a planned community named Serenbe. Unique for this region it is a New Urbanist inspired Utopia, a place to forget the pressures of big city living and reconnect to the inner child. I say child in that it is with a touch of whimsy that the lighting designer Robert Rausch conceived of the swirls of ductile iron used as street lights in the development. Their beautiful arching shapes support fluted shades at the ends while strings of small lights festoon across the "arms".

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Restoration of the Union Station Porte Cochere
Built for the city of Montgomery, Alabama in 1898 by Benjamin Bosworth Smith this Romanesque style train depot currently houses the Montgomery Convention & Visitor Bureau. The site had long served the city as a transportation center since the first steamboat "Harriet" landed close by on the banks of the Alabama River in 1821. By 1900 most major railroads in the state had connections there. An underground tunnel enabled freight and passengers to pass between the station and the river as it does today providing access to Riverfront Park.

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Residential Fountains
Instant living is something we associate with today's values, but it may interest you to know the Victorians were just as insistent on immediate gratification. The smaller residential fountains in Robinson Iron's collection were meant to be purchased as complete prefabricated packages. With their flat bottomed cast iron pools and multi-tiered fountains these features were most often purchased from catalogs. Upon arrival the pools were simply plopped down on a bed of gravel in the lawn and the fountain placed inside. The plumbing was hooked-up to an artesian well or windmill driven pump system and there you had it! What could be easier?

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Robinson's Specialty Finishes
Everyone knows that uncoated iron will rust if exposed to moisture. Fortunately cast ironÅfs crystalline structure is laced with carbon particles that concentrate on the surface as the iron molecules oxidize. This stops the oxidation effectively sealing the material from further deterioration. The only problem with rust is that it will rub-off or stain anything that comes into contact with it. A sealer or finish is therefore desirable especially for furniture pieces or items mounted atop porous materials that may stain.

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Events in 2006 –See you there!
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