Stairs doused in ornamental cast-iron detail.
Photo: Amy Rosenfeld
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Affordable Elegance

Decorative, durable, and fire-resistant, ornamental cast iron found favor, above all, because of its wide affordability. Unlike wrought iron—which required the hand of a skilled artisan—cast-iron could be mass-produced in the same foundries that gave birth to iron locomotives, structural beams, garden urns, and outdoor statuary.
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