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Researching the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
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Extracts of Matters of Historical Interest from "The Huissier, News For and About the Fortress of Louisbourg Heritage Presentation Staff" By The Fortress of Louisbourg Heritage Presentation Staff


(June 30, 2003)

Wrought iron railing

By A Louisbourg Historian

There is ambiguous secondary evidence (written document rather than archaeological evidence) that the engineer's property had a wrought iron railing. One is on the step leading to the garden. Yvon LeBlanc, the restoration architect, felt that it should be inside as was evident in many wealthy European residences. When De La Plagne was being designed, the decision was made to include an interior wrought iron railing and to design revetment like the Frederic Gate to show the wealth of the homeowner. Wrought Iron - Iron ore rock was burnt with charcoal. The iron doesn't melt, so it makes a sort of sponge-like substance, which is reheated in the forge and worked by hand to the shape needed. Any iron that has 0.02-1.5% carbon content is referred to as wrought iron.