Savannah Iron Work

Every beautiful woman needs good accessories, and one of Savannah's loveliest and most interesting ornaments is her ironwork. Mark McDonald, executive director of Historic Savannah Foundation, will discuss Savannah Ironwork on May 17 as part of Celia Dunn Sotheby's International Realty's "The Masterpiece Series: The perfect home is a means of self-expression."

"Savannah is blessed to have a great collection of wrought and cast iron, much of which survives from the early 19th century," McDonald explained. "The marvelous thing about iron is with very simple upkeep it will last for centuries and centuries and will provide a testament to the craftsmanship of Savannah! industry."

"Especially in terms of the porches, the ironwork definitely lends a sense of nostalgia, and you can almost envision the people there, living in the same space we occupy today," McDonald said. "Ornamental ironwork in particular really defines the style of Savannah buildings ! in a wa y no other building material can do."

He'll review the different types and styles of iron, as well as their use through time in the city, all the way to current day.

The lecture-luncheon will be at 12 noon at the Chatham Club. Cost will be $25. To make a reservation, payment must be received by May 14. Checks should be made out to CDS Lecture Series and sent to Lori Combs, Celia Dunn Sotheby's International Realty, 17 W. Charlton St. Savannah, GA 31401. For more information contact Lori Combs at (912) 234-3323 or email Proceeds will benefit the Historic Savannah Foundation. The lecture is open to the public and you do not need to be a client of Celia Dunn Sotheby's International Realty to attend.

The second season of Masterpiece Series lectures will kick off in the fall.