Manship House ironwork.

The Manship House was most likely inspired by a design in the nineteenth century pattern book, A. J. Downing’s The Architecture of Country Houses, in which an almost identical house is pictured.  When Charles Henry Manship built his interpretation of a Gothic Revival residence in 1857, he altered the floorplan to suit the south’s hot climate, and included elements reflecting his own taste.  One of the interesting details of the Manship House is the decorative ironwork.  Manship chose four completely different styles of ironwork to ornament the exterior of his Gothic Revival style home.  The ironwork is original, and may have been something Manship admired when he traveled to New Orleans and Philadelphia.  First, the palmette cartouche that hangs down in the center of each veranda is a Greek Revival element.  The second is the use of Gothic Revival quatrefoils framed in the corners of the ironwork.  The Rococo Revival style, a style popular for carved Victorian furniture, is expressed in the grape pattern forming the double arches on the front of the verandas.  The fourth design is the Italianate style handrail.  The ironwork is assembled within chamfered wooden frames rather than with iron structural supports bolted together, an unusual method of construction.

Stripping the ironwork for repainting.