Thursday, May 31, 2007

Old Iron Fence

I saw this iron fence in front of an abandoned townhouse on 60th Street and 3rd Avenue on the Upper East Side. It has some very beautiful details that we don't often see any more. I think it was handmade due to the irregular size and shape in the curls above the horizontal beam.

I hope whoever buys this townhouse will try to salvage this fence and not remove it from the building.

22 comments:

Expression photo said...

An old way to make fence.
In the past they had time. Or may be time has'nt got the same value.

Your photo make me smile...you will know why, after seeing the fence of the Hospital in Château Gontier. Yesterday's photo on my blog.
http://laurent-christophe.blogspot.com/
Each day a new picture of Château Gontier (France)

Kate said...

The foliage behind the fence helps define the iron scrolls more clearly. What does the abandoned house look like?

Ming_the_Merciless said...

It's a four-storey townhouse that is over run with creeping plants. Sorry, I didn't take a photo of the building. If I stop by there again, I will make sure to take a photo of it and do an update on here.

Olivier said...

une maison abandonnée dans Manhattan, cela doit etre assez rare non ?


does a house given up in Manhattan, that have to be rather rare not?

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

I can't wait to see the photo of the house. About fence you can stay sure they will remove it for a modern, awful one. Unfortunately. Sob :-(

delightful-d said...

Love the old fence. I just saw on a TV show tonight (Flip that house or something), a lady had an old iron fence. It was worth a lot of money.
I'd love to see more of those fences in MN. We mostly (in our neighborhood - ordinance) have chain link or wood.
Thanks for the neat photos!

Z said...

Even if they do remove it, maybe it'll be taken to a salvage shop. There seems to be a market for that sort of thing now, and I know that in the Washington DC area, there are a couple of shops which deal in such things like doors, gates, fittings, etc from old houses that are torn down. I'm glad for that. :-)

Abraham Lincoln said...

It is an impressive fence of wrought iron and it looks like some rust is hiding under that black paint, of many coats.

Nice shot.

Brookville Daily Photo

stilettoheights said...

wonderful, I would love to see the house hiding behind all the creeping plants too.

Ex-Shammickite said...

I would love to have a fence like that in front of my house. I love those scrolls on the top. Wrought iron is such a disappearing art these days. There was a sign on the road near here that advertised wrought iron work, but I notice that the sign has been taken down recently.... perhaps the business no longer exists, I know the man who did the work was quite elderly. Shame.

Nathalie said...

I hope you are right and they save the fence.

Loved your earlier story about the fireplace.We had one in our summer home when I was a kid and I loved it.

Keropok Man said...

wow. ya, waiting to see the house... with home made fence, it must be some rich man's residence?

missy said...

Wow it lovely, bit of tlc and it would look amazing! Now out of interest how much would an abandoned town house in manhattan sell for?

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Although I'd also love to see the house hiding behind this beautiful fence...I'd hate to lose the image in my mind of a beautiful castle.

pom d'api said...

Very beautiful pictures!!!

eg(scotland) said...

A little bit of work on it and I bet it would look just like it was when first made. That said, the rust spots give it a certain charm.

Nice photo.

EG

Annie said...

Yes, I hope it stays right there, all cleaned up and ready to serve another hundred years or so.

Oh for the love of food! said...

That's a handsome looking fence, Ming. Don't you worry, it will be salvaged for sure. There are way too many people with a good eye for treasures like this these days.

thwany said...

beautiful

Belinda said...

My thoughts went straight to Ms Havisham and Great Expectations when I saw this photo and read your post. It's reminscent of her unkempt home/garden. Can't wait to see the photo of the actual house.

tigerfish said...

I agree. The irregularity made it special. I would not tear it down either. The sharp ends of the fence act as a form of security. HA!

Anonymous said...

I was looking for a historic iron fence with matching driveway gates for months, then I located a company named Fredrick Jones Ironworks. The produce hand forged solid wrought iron fencing, gates and landscape accessories. The quality of workmanship is great, and there cost seemed good. All my freinds have commented on it, and we have cars stopping to look at it. I am sure the added value to my property will be more then I paid.
check our www.fredrickjonesironworks.com
or go to youtube and search fredrick jones ironworks, they did a video with my fence mine is the stone farmhouse