Summer 2007
Volume 9
inside this issue:
2007 Grand Jury Project Award
A Good Read!
• Summer Breezes
• Robert Burton
• Portfolio Pix...work in progress
Lazy summer days...relaxing with a good book… watching clouds sail across the sky…and awards from friends and colleagues!
2007 Grand Jury Project Award
On May 2, 2007 The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia awarded Robinson Iron for the firm's restoration work on the Fairmount Water Works South Garden and Cliffpath Project. Preservation and Development Administrator, Theresa Stuhlman congratulated Robinson's Vice President Scott Howell for "making the project a success" and stated "We look forward to working with you again in the near future.

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A Good Read!
Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama was founded in 1854 as a coeducational liberal arts college by the United Methodist Church with a motto of "Enter to Grow in Wisdom, Go Forth to Apply Wisdom in Service". This point was made dearer recently with the generous gift of an outdoor reading room from the family of Madolyn Anderson Radney.

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Summer Breezes

If you’re watching clouds sail across the skies of Montgomery, Alabama this summer you’re likely to spy a delicately crafted windvane twirling atop the new headquarters building of The Retirement Systems of Alabama. Designed by John Gandy of PH&J architects inc., the piece was inspired by those he created for his own garden at home. Entirely fabricated by Robinson Iron of waterjet cut stainless steel plate the windvane is finished in a powder coated bronze with accents of gold leaf and stained glass. It is constructed with precision balanced ball bearings to allow it to spin in the slightest breeze. This custom windvane provides a whimsical yet practical grace note to the Southeast’s newest architectural gem.

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Robert Burton

There has been for quite sometime one individual at Robinson Iron involved in all endeavors –Mr. Robert Burton. If there is a missing production pattern, Robert can find it. If an order requires a single casting to complete it… he casts it. If there is any question about how the foundry was started or what the company originally marketed, Robert has the information. Over the intervening sixty-something years, Robert Burton has remained an integral part of the company and with good cause.

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Sherburne Fountain Restoration

The Village of Sherburne is an historic settlement in upstate New York. As part of the restoration of their antique cast iron fountain Robinson Iron is sculpting a replica of the Boy with Staff that stood atop it. Referencing a scaled image of the piece the sculptor builds-up clay until the form takes shape. Once it is finished the patternmakers can begin to apply their art and soon the fountain will be recast and on its way home to Champ Park.

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