Cast In Metal

by Don Friedman on April 21, 2016

One of the non-structural, arguably-unimportant advantages of cast iron is that you can cast literally any pattern that doesn’t contain fine lines. You can, for example, cast your company’s name into a piece of a building:


The Jackson Iron Works is reasonably famous. I had not heard of Mr. Throckmorton, but it turns out he was a player in a family drama: the Jackson Iron Works was owned by James L. Jackson, while Jackson and Throckmorton was James’s brother Peter working with a former JIW employee. J&T was short-lived, operating from about 1860 until Peter moved to San Francisco in 1875.

I had also not heard of Goerck Street, largely because it was wiped out by mid-1900s urban renewal.

But the name plate is nice.

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