Winter 2006
Volume 7
Inside this issue:
• Chicago’s Children’s Fountain
• Birmingham Botanical Gardens Pavilion
• “ won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
• restoring the lost cast iron balcony railing of the T. R. R. Cobb House
• Iowa River Landing Development
• National Trust Presents National Preservation Honor
Award to Vulcan Park in Birmingham, Alabama

Warm wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! As year end approaches Robinson Iron toasts family celebrations and the child within us all.

Chicago’s Children’s Fountain
An enterprising young firm by the name of Building Blocks is the architectural representative for Robinson Iron in the City of Chicago. Sherri and Kevin Miske – a mother and son team extraordinaire - combine their extensive knowledge of restoration technique with great attention to detail to make every project a very special one. The ornamental signage kiosks on Navy Pier and the subway entrances on State Street are two of the many imposing civic projects completed with their assistance. Recently we were pleasantly surprised when they approached us regarding the restoration and relocation of a fountain originally cast for the City of Chicago by Robinson Iron. Named The Children’s Fountain it had been standing at the intersection of Wacker Drive and Wabash Avenue since Robinson Iron installed it in 1982

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens Pavilion
Nestled in a fork of the road that runs through one of Birmingham, Alabama’s choicest residential/commercial neighborhoods is the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. As a leafy green retreat within the city it attracts hundreds of visitors each year to admire the Conservatory, the Japanese Garden/Bonsai collection as well as the Southern Living Garden and Rose Garden.

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“… won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
That colorful glow in the Holiday nighttime sky may be coming from computer programmed lampposts cast and fabricated by Robinson Iron. The very latest in high tech performance art these functional lampposts in Redwood City, California illuminate the streetscape with an ever changing light show. Made of custom cast aluminum and fitted with some pretty sophisticated fiber optics the entire series of posts can be programmed to create a sequentially running or pulsing light effect in constantly changing colors. As part of a new restaurant/theater district these lampposts provide a drama all their own.

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restoring the lost cast iron balcony railing of the T. R. R. Cobb House
Cast iron has always been considered eye candy but never more than in the case of the balcony railing on the T. R. R. Cobb House in Athens, Georgia. The house started its existence as a modest Federal farmhouse given as a wedding gift to a son-in-law and daughter in 1844. Eight years later in a spectacular renovation matching two story octagonal wings were added with two Corinthian style columns. To complete the transformation from farm house to mansion a cast iron railing was added to the balcony running behind the columns and attaching at either wing. It was the perfect foil for the impressive woodwork that comprised the rest of the structure.

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Iowa River Landing Development
Coralville, Iowa located near Iowa City on the Iowa River will soon be known for more than great fishing. As part of an effort to bring more jobs and business to the area Coralville officials have tied together several projects into one ambitious achievement known as the Iowa River Landing Development. It consists of a Hotel/Conference Center, Environmental/Education Project, Intermodal Facility and Public Parkland. The grand entrance to it all is The Clock Tower Fountain

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National Trust Presents National Preservation Honor
Award to Vulcan Park in Birmingham, Alabama
Pittsburgh, Pa. (November 2, 2006) – Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation presented Vulcan Park in Birmingham, Ala. its prestigious National Preservation Honor Award. The project was one of 21 national award winners honored by the National Trust during its week-long 2006 National Preservation Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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