Winter 2005
Volume 3
Inside this issue:
• Fairmount Water Work's Historic Cliff Path Railing
• CNC Router
• Our First News & Business Card
• Our First Fountain
• America's First Cathedral

Our Holiday Issue finds us busily at work on projects of note that have been designated "firsts". One of these is America's first Water Works and the other one is America's first Catholic Basilica. See where they are, what we're doing and learn a little bit about our country's rich heritage.
Fairmount Water Work's Historic Cliff Path Railing
In the 1800's no trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was considered complete until the visitor had seen the Water Works. Philadelphia's water department was the first (1801) in America to supply an entire city with drinking water. Designed by Frederick Graff as a collection of Greek revival "temples" nestled onto the banks of the Schuylkill River, the complex is surrounded by one of the nation's largest urban parks. Almost from the day the waterwheels began turning, the Fairmount Water Works and its beautiful grounds, Fairmount Park, made the place an international tourist attraction renowned for melding nature and technology.

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CNC Router
"Old world craftsmanship with new world technology…"
By Blake Owen

Robinson Iron moves into the 21st century with the addition of a Haas CNC router and Mastercam 3-D CAD-CAM software. Patternmaking at Robinson Iron has taken a step forward with these new high-tech tools.

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Our First News & Business Card
It was just after the close of World War II and America was building again. The need for cast iron pipe and fittings was enormous and Mr. Joe Robinson, Sr. aimed to "give’em what they want" and more – ornamental castings! As you can see from his first business card the items available include lawn furniture, terrace railings, porch grillwork and garden decorations.

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Our First Fountain
The Montgomery, Alabama landmark known as The Court Square Fountain has the honor of being the very first fountain restoration project undertaken by Robinson Iron. Contacted by the City of Montgomery in the late 1970's
Richard H. Robinson, President of the firm personally supervised the removal, restoration and installation of the sculptural figures on the fountain. More recently Robinson Iron has been involved in a more extensive restoration of the support structure and main tiers. We can think of no lovelier example of Mr. J. L. Motts' work and no better fountain as our first.

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Americas First Cathedral
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Restoring Benjamin Henry Latrobe's Perimeter Fence

"When the Cathedral was first constructed, the only building that could compete with it in size, scale and architectural sophistication was the United States Capitol. Architecturally, it was the most advanced building in the country."

Jack G. Waite, Principal Architect, John G. Waite Associates

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In our next issue-
"Unforgettable Moments" with a Photo Essay of the Raffles Hotel, Singapore
"The Nemours Mansion, Restoration of the English Gates"
Events in 2006 –See you there!
Southern Garden Heritage Conference at the State Botanical Garden,
Athens, Georgia - February 16th & 17th
The Construction Specifications Institute in Las Vegas, NV -March 29 to 31st
Traditional BuildingÅfs Conference and Exhibition, Chicago, IL - April 6 to 8th
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