Architectural Castings in Iron, Bronze and Aluminum
Foundrymen, Artists and Engineers
Foundrymen, artists and engineers work side-by-side at Richmond Iron, a division of O. K. Foundry Co., Inc., to cast architectural elements and sculpture in gray iron, ductile iron, bronze and aluminum.
O. K. Foundry has been making architectural castings in Richmond, Virginia since 1912 and Richmond Iron is the brand we’ve created to promote the capabilities we’ve developed for historical casting restoration and complex architectural fixtures like cast iron stairs and subway entrances.
Cast Iron Subway Vault Panel Lights
Cast iron subway vault panel lights can be seen frequently in the sidewalks of SOHO NYC. Glass prisms set in cast iron panels were used in the late 18th and early 19th century to light basement spaces before electric light was available. Richmond Iron makes cast iron with glass prism lights to fit any configuration. All castings are custom designed for size, appearance, support conditions and glass prism arrangement.
Bronze Sand Casting
Richmond Iron makes bronze sand castings for architectural restoration, select housewares and fine art. Sand casting bronze can be an economical solution when the surface finish and detail of a ceramic shell casting is not required. Heavier and larger castings are a good fit for sand.
Cast Iron Sculpture
Richmond Iron has developed unique methods for large scale cast iron sculpture by using ductile iron and resin bonded sand molding. Ductile iron castings can be welded with steel filler rods for large pieces. The steel weld filler will rust and patina to the same color as ductile iron.