Cast-iron Architecture in America: The Significance of James Bogardus
The first book on Bogardus's life and work, Cast-Iron Architecture in America describes how iron architecture remade the face of American cities in the mid-nineteenth century, following the appearance of cast iron on the industrial scene in eighteenth-century England and Europe. It documents the role played by Bogardus, who patented his method for cast-iron construction in 1850 and championed its use in America's growing cities. Cast iron fell out of favor, supplanted by the steel frame; cast-iron buildings languished, decayed, and fell to the bulldozers of urban renewal in the 1950s and '60s. Only in recent decades has nineteenth-century urban architecture, including cast iron, come to be fully appreciated, and the surviving buildings rescued, restored, and reused. Four by Bogardus are recognized as landmarks.
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TWO JAMES BOGARDUS MECHANICINVENTOR 18001846
THREE INVENTING CASTIRON ARCHITECTURE 18471850
FOUR BUILDER IN CAST IRON 18501851
FIVE THE ERA OF THE CRYSTAL PALACE 18521853
SIX THE HARPER BUILDINGS
SEVEN CASTIRON ARCHITECTURE COMES OF AGE
NINE MAN OF PROGRESS 18591862
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