Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ike-Damaged Galveston Ironwork to be Restored
AP Texas News
April 19, 2011

GALVESTON, Texas — Owners of some historic buildings facing thousands of dollars in costs to repair intricate ironwork left rusting since Hurricane Ike's 2008 storm surge are closer to getting federal help to pay to bills.

Saltwater up to 12 feet deep washed through parts of the city, leading to rust damage that preservationists say needs to be fixed.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation in April 2009 added Galveston's cast-iron architecture to its list of America's Most Endangered Historic Places. The repair project, using federal grants, also includes partnering with the Galveston Historical Foundation.

Crews led by Walker Restoration, the lead contractor for the project, in the past week evaluated five buildings to assess damage and complete environmental inspections, the Galveston County Daily News reported Tuesday.

"The architecture and these buildings are very important," said Lori Feild Schwarz, city assistant director of planning and special projects. "We are a truly unique place, and the fact that we have so many of these cast-iron buildings makes it really an amazing project for us."

Architecture students from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009 surveyed properties and identified about 30 with fancy cast-iron facades.

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