Spring 2006
Volume 4
Inside this issue:
Unforgetable Moments
Glynmere
Thorvaldsen's Hebe
Restoration of The English Gates
- The Nemours Mansion and Gardens
"I’ll never grow up , never grow up – not me!"
Americans have been fascinated with all things British ever since we won our independence. As leader of the industrial revolution England greatly influenced the stylistic and technological development of cast iron and its architectural use. Join us in this Anglophile's salute!
Unforgettable Moments
"Scotty", as he is known to all, was actually born in England. As Vice President/ General Manager and Co-owner of Robinson Iron he has guided the company through thirty years of distinguished historical restorations. Who better to recall exploits at The Raffles Hotel - the world renowned bastion of English colonial elegance located in exotic Singapore!

By J. Scott Howell...read on

Glynmere
Taking shape on the shores of beautiful Lake Martin in Tallapoosa County, Alabama is a uniquely appointed development of Classic Homes by Russell Lands. Glynmere evokes the same sort of English Lake District landscape as those being offered for sale while the style of architecture reflects a relaxed vernacular cottage style. To provide just the right grace note in the streetscape Robinson Iron designed a custom lamppost and sign standard. I think you'll agree Glynmere is a very special place indeed.www.russelllands.com

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Thorvaldsen's Hebe
An Englishman, Thomas Hope, was Bertel ThorvaldsenÅfs first patron. Due in part to this successful commission the Danish sculptor went on to create many more iconic pieces including one of the goddess Hebe, cupbearer to the Gods. Copied in cast zinc by the J. L. Mott Company of New York, N. Y. and purchased in 1914 by the City of Baton Rouge, Louisiana it is the city's favorite statue. Robinson Iron has been commissioned to copy the piece in sand cast bronze. The original zinc statue will be donated to the LSU Museum of Art while the new bronze piece takes its place atop the historic pedestal on North Boulevard.

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Restoration of The English Gates
- The Nemours Mansion and Gardens
On a 300-acre estate in Wilmington, Delaware from 1911 to 1910 the late industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. duPont built a French chateau in the style of Louis XVIth. He and his wife spent many years traveling the world acquiring fine antiques and architectural features to furnish the home and surrounding formal gardens. The English Gates are just one of these acquisitions. As part of an extensive two year restoration effort involving both the house and gardens they have been removed to Robinson Iron's facilities in Alabama. All of the material has been cleaned, repairs and replacements are being made and original finishes will be restored. A very special addition will be the parcel gilding in genuine 24 carat gold leaf. Visit www.nemoursmansion.org to take a virtual tour or plan a trip in 2007 to see this unique American treasure.
"I’ll never grow up , never grow up – not me!"
Peter Pan, Wendy and pals would no doubt have enlisted the aid of this young man and his Robinson Drinking Fountain in their fight against the notorious Captain Hook. As one can see it is perfect for refreshment as well as for filling the occasional water balloon. At just the right height the bronze bubbler and bowl are easily accessible. The egg and dart rim provides a sure grip for small hands. Victorian inspired with beautiful details this piece is sure to enhance any historic streetscape.

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In our next issue-
"Fairfield Maine's Newhall Fountain"
"Remembering Point Isabel – a lighthouse restored"
In our next issue-
• The Construction Specifications Institute in Las Vegas, NV
- March 29th to 31st
• Traditional Building's Conference and Exhibition, Chicago, IL
- April 6th to 8th

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