There are certain architectural elements of historic commercial buildings that can cause a tremendous amount of excitement for downtown property owners, especially when uncovered while removing mid-twentieth century storefront upgrades. One of these, are ornate cast iron facades. A correlation between beauty and function, these iron facades began growing in popularity during the middle part of the nineteenth century. The image above is an 1854 Scientific American from my personal historic architecture library that placed an article on “Iron Houses” in a very prominent spot in the publication. Over a 150 years later, these iron facade elements continue to catch the attention of downtown pedestrian traffic, and contribute to a neighborhood’s unique sense of place.
If you have a historic building with an iron facade, connect with Storefont to learn about preservation strategies, and ways to develop a strong architectural brand for the space.