Friday, September 14, 2007

Cast Iron Railings for Mansards 1869 and a fence

Apparently, some felt that the new style Mansard roof was grotesque, ugly and in bad taste when it first reached the American landscape.
First, however, an example of a cast iron fence, for the front yard, 3 feet high. This fence was to be painted dark green, then bronzed.

Railings for Mansard Roofs.
The Mansard roof, when first adopted in this coun-
try, was frequently seen without any railing, the only
finish employed being a very light coping. This had
a very bare appearance, and tended much to impress
upon those who happened to be gifted with good taste
a strong dislike of this particular style of architecture.
This was peculiarly the case in the rural districts, as it
was difficult, if not impossible, to procure at the foun-
dries of our country villages such railings as were
adapted to the requirements of the case. Moreover,
the construction of proper patterns was rather an ex-
pensive affair, and although when once the patterns
were made, the railings could be duplicated to almost
any extent at a merely nominal cost for design, etc.,
yet it was found that few were willing to undertake
their first cost.

In the accompanying figures, we present a few de-
signs, selected from a very extensive series, which has
been prepared by Mr. J. XV. Fiske, of 120 Nassau street,
in this city. Railings of any of theso patterns may
readily be procured of Mr. Fiske, and transported to
any part of the country; and the adoption of these, or
some similar ornamental finish, will, we hope, become
so common as to redeem the Mansard roof from the
charge of bad taste which has hitherto been justly
made against it.