Galveston’s 12-block Strand/Mechanic National Historic Landmark District contains one of the largest collections of cast-iron historic commercial buildings in the country. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, the City of Galveston received a federal grant to rehabilitate the city’s rich cast iron architectural heritage. In conjunction with the upcoming restoration, Galveston Historical Foundation will be offering a symposium on the history, manufacture and maintenance of cast iron structures in downtown Galveston on April 12-13th, 2012 at the historic Tremont House.
Leading conservators, preservationists and fabricators will speak to the challenges of sustaining these cultural treasures in a coastal environment. Presentation topics will include:
- Anne T. Sullivan “The History of Cast Iron in Architecture”
- J. Scott Howell “The Manufacture of Cast Iron”
- S. Patrick Sparks “Structural Evaluation of Buildings with Cast Iron Elements”
- Doug McLean “The Execution of Cast Iron Construction and Rehabilitation”
- Paul Mardikian “The Conservation and Maintenance of Cast Iron”
- In addition to these presentations, GHF will also hold special workshops, site tours and receptions throughout the symposium.
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