Conservator Bianca Garcia applies a finish coat during a fence restoration.

Conservator Bianca Garcia applies a finish coat during a fence restoration.

The TelNPS course code is NPS-HPS1201 and this course is offered on April 23, 2009 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Please ensure you have registered for this course.

This course emphasizes sound maintenance techniques for historic iron fences. These resources could be located around cemetery markers, commemorative monuments, or architectural features.

This course will address documentation, iron types and their deterioration, original construction methods, resetting of fencing into stone or soil, and restoration treatments. The course will be taught through the use of multimedia techniques such as PowerPoint, video and live studio lecture.

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2 Responses to Basics for Iron Fencing Care TelNPS

  1. Kate McConnell says:

    I have two questions about cast versus wrought iron fences. First, are these methods of iron fence construction contemporary with each other? Or more specifically, did one method of technology come into or fall out of favor before or after the other? If so, what are the approximate dates for both? Also, it is possible to combine the types of iron work? For instance, is it possible that a fence would be made of wrought vertical and horizontal members with cast dart details applied to the tops of the vertical pieces? A perfect example of what I am thinking of is the fence in the picture for the “Basics for Iron Care Fencing” advertisement. Or maybe a cast fence would have wrought curved details attached to the bottom of a top horizontal member/between each vertical member?

  2. Jason Church says:

    Kate, thank you for your questions. Wrought iron is older than cast for the use in decorative fencing. Cast was cheaper and could be easily shipped and assembled on site. By the 1870’s most fences were cast iron or had the decorative elements cast. Actually many of the fences that we see currently are a mixture of wrought and cast. You are correct that the fence in the picture is a mix as you described.
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