In the restoration of historic metal structures engineers and preservationists are often confronted with the decision to repair or replace historic metals. The Preservation of Historic Iron and Steel in Bridges and Other Metal Structures project demonstrated an alternative to the destruction of important elements of the historic fabric and addressed the urgent need for greater awareness and more widespread expertise in preservation techniques for historic metals. Key to the project’s success was the demonstration of proven techniques for the restoration of historic metals to a wide audience of engineers, preservationists, transportation officials, contractors, craftsmen and students. The three main components of the project were all successfully completed: development and implementation of a three- day workshop including hands-on demonstrations, creation of six informational web-based videos, and the development of two training courses.
This workshop was made possible through Grant MT-2210-09-NC-08 from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT).