The New York Landmarks Conservancy in partnership with The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York cordially presents:
Henry Street Settlement – Story of a Loving Restoration
Presented by: Rachel Miller and Timothy Miller, Co-Owners, Spirit Ironworks
Rachel Miller and Timothy Miller will discuss the ironwork restoration of one of New York City’s most beloved, and historically significant social service agencies, the Henry Street Settlement. This talk will explore the processes involved in restoring historic ironwork on three Federal-style buildings. The project was a rare opportunity to explore how pre-Civil War ironwork was constructed. They will also describe how the restoration process incorporated many traditional metalworking techniques such as forging genuine wrought iron, tool and die making, and replicating cast iron elements.
The Landmarks Conservancy assisted in the ironwork restoration with a grant from its City Ventures Fund program which works with nonprofit organizations housed in architecturally significant buildings that are being converted to affordable housing of other uses that benefit lower-income communities.
The Millers will also touch on some of the other partners that made the project possible including Henry Street Settlement, LI Saltzman Architects, and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Spirit Ironworks, Inc. was started as a partnership between siblings Timothy and Rachel Miller. The company has over 25 years of experience in the craft of hand-forged metalwork. Including interior & exterior railings; gates, fencing, furniture, and hardware for high-end residences. Their unique skill set enables them to create in-house hand-forged scroll-work, repoussé, and other decorative elements for historical restoration, art metal fabrication, and architectural metalwork.
For more information please visit www.spiritironworks.com
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