Fall 2012
Fall 2012 Newsletter
Volume 28

Preserving America's Material Culture

The Restoration of 101 Spring Street

The two sided, five story, 1870 façade at this address is attributed to Nicholas Whyte, architect. Its successive rows of slender cast iron columns exhibit the tremendous strength of cast iron under compression. The material is used as "cast iron for cast iron's sake" and not in imitation of stone. Extremely large glass window panes foreshadow the glass curtain walls used on many of today's modern towers.

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F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc."Where Building is an Art"

Recognized throughout the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as the builder of choice for highly designed and technically sophisticated projects, Sciame brings a 36-year history and a proven track record of completing a wide range of buildings and interior spaces on time, within budget and for demanding clients.

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patternmaker art award

Jay Gorman, Project Manager

Sciame Construction’s Project Manager, Jay Gorman was asked to comment on the restoration: “Sciame Construction was brought onto the restoration of the Donald Judd House and Museum to act as construction manager. Our duties include developing and maintaining the project budget and schedule, buying out the subcontractors to perform the work, and overseeing the coordination between the trades, architects, consultants, and owners to ensure a successful project. . . ."


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Cast Iron Urn

Authenticity of Detail

Work at 101 Spring Street began at the top floor of the building and progressed downward. Missing or irreparably damaged components on lower floors that required replication were going to be difficult, if not impossibly dangerous to remove for patternmaking.
Robinson decided to employ the "Handyscan 3D" laser scanner developed by the Creaform Corporation of Québec, Canada.

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ASLA EXPO 2012 - Phoenix, Arizona

The American Society of Landscape Architect's annual conference and EXPO will be held in Phoenix, Arizona September 29th through October 1st. Please come by Robinson Iron's Booth No. 1761 and say hello to Luke Robinson. He will happily discuss any future projects you may have that include cast architectural metals. See you there!