The Restoration of 101 Spring Street

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The two sided, five story, 1870 façade at this address is attributed to Nicholas Whyte, architect. Its successive rows of slender cast iron columns exhibit the tremendous strength of cast iron under compression. The material is used as “cast iron for cast iron’s sake” and not in imitation of stone. Extremely large glass window panes foreshadow the glass curtain walls …

Robinson’s Story

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On January 1, 1946 the Robinson Foundry and Builders Supply Company came into operation with eleven employees including the president and owner, Joseph H. Robinson. The Robinson’s were well established, respected American businessmen and Mr. Robinson located the foundry on a site previously occupied by a family owned gristmill in Alexander City, Alabama. The primary products were soil pipe and …