Summer 2010
Volume 21
Inside this issue:
• Say hello to Walker Robinson
• "And now the rest of the story"... Kansas Statehouse
• Garden of Delight
• Madison Town Park and the Cooke Fountain
• A New Urban Legacy

Summer is here!

Say Hello to Walker Robinson!

Welcome to Walker Howard Robinson born on March 5, 2010 to Emily Truitt Robinson and Luke S. Robinson. Brother, Truitt and sister, Mary Sanford ages 6 and 3 respectively think him very special indeed and can’t wait to include him in all their adventures. Grandparents Richard and Elizabeth Petrey Robinson; John and Tamara Truitt and great grandparents Dr. Donald Sanford Petrey and Elizabeth Horne Petrey are excited by this latest addition to their growing family. Luke Robinson is Director of Sales for Robinson Iron.

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“And now the rest of the story”…Kansas Statehouse

If you caught our Winter 2009 issue of Portfolio you read about Robinson’s efforts to create two new historically inspired staircases in the South Wing Restoration of the Kansas Statehouse. The work has proved particularly challenging in that existing refurbished portions of the remaining historic railings  interface with new replicated materials. An exact match of surface, finish, and color is required on the copper plated surface. To achieve a match the new aluminum castings were copper plated, cleaned and finished by hand with a transparent tinted lacquer simulating the effects of age.

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Garden of Delight

In 2009 Mary Sue Clemens Potter and her husband Randy Potter commissioned, on behalf of the Clemens Foundation, an ornamental cast iron pavilion to house a memorial statue of Mary Sue’s parents, Bill and Virginia Clemens. The pavilion would be placed in a prominent location within Clemens Gardens in Saint Cloud, Minnesota where it would pay tribute to this much loved and admired couple.

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Madison Town Park and The Cooke Fountain

The wonderful part of restoration is giving back to others something of real meaning and substance thought lost to them. With the restoration of the Cooke Fountain in Madison, Georgia, Robinson Iron has returned a very special gift to be enjoyed by generations. The original fountain, cast by the J. L. Mott Company in 1908, was given to the City by Sarah Benham Judd Cooke as a “First Class Watering Hole” for horses. Surmounted by a classical Greek figure holding an urn, the fountain was installed in an impressive pool in front of the Morgan County Courthouse.  It remained there, admired by all, until sometime in the middle of the 20th century when it was moved as part of a redevelopment of downtown.

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A New Urban Legacy

Hampstead is the first traditional neighborhood development to be built under Montgomery, Alabama’s newly adopted SmartCode. Developed by The Colonial Company and designed by Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company this project represents a change in direction in terms of a planning model.

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