In 1973 the ZCMI Department Store’s cast iron facade in Salt Lake City needed repair and the Baird brothers David, Richard and Robert working under the direction of their restoration architect father Steven discovered the skills and techniques to restore and build cast metal ornamentation.
HACI (Historical Arts & Casting Inc) searched for a company suited to the project, and finding none, HACI assembled their own artisans, sculptors and pattern makers learning how to deal with multiple metal alloys.
From sand molding to lost wax processing and incorporating support systems, the four story ZCMI façade was authentically restored. And a metal craft restoration business was born.
The success of the ZCMI project spread and soon HACI was getting awards for restoration of cast metal ornamentation from coast to coast. A cast-metal revival had occurred!
Today HACI offers what is recognized to be the best available consultation on preservation of cast-metal work having just finished their most notable project: the multiple year restoration of the US Capitol Dome in Washington DC.
HACI‘s treasure chest includes sculpting, foundry, machining, fabrication, finishing and field work restoration in their repertoire working with the finest of American architects on projects across the country.
Earlier in company history HACI had an agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and a Signature Collection of inspirational pieces was offered to collectors. The Collection also included designs by Louis Sullivan and Robert Jarvie. Fair Oak Workshops represented HACI and sold these products to our customers. In fact, a few of the designs were actually copied from our antique originals!
Unfortunately, HACI’s business grew with so much demand that the Signature Collection of reproduction Wright, Sullivan and Jarvie products were discontinued! Fair Oak Workshops secreted some of the pieces to the back of our inventory shelves which we have now just rediscovered.
This is the usual Historical Arts & Casting Hallmark included on most pieces.
We are offering some of those pieces below and in most instances, we have only one of each of the products listed.
1) Schlesinger & Mayer Store Medallion (Carson Pirie Scott) elevator door grilles, a design by Louis Sullivan (1856-1924 Chicago) as part of his famous ornamentation of that famous Chicago State St Department Store. Please scroll down to order.
2) Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® Heritage half scale Henredon Four Square Vase, a Wright favorite half size decorative Weed Holder and a quarter size copy of his famous Urn all three pieces in pewter sold as a 3 piece set. Note the enhanced hallmarks shown above. Please scroll down to order.
3) Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® Candle Stick/Vase, a Wright design probably never executed. This unique piece has a glass tube insert to make it a small flower vase and a bobche to convert it to a candle stick.. Sold as a pair. Note the enhanced hallmarks shown above. Please scroll down to order.
4) A Robert Jarvie (1865-1941; Chicago) bronze Omicron Two Branch Candlestick which is actually an Art Nouveau design. Features two teardrop candleholders attached to arms in candelabra fashion. Includes bobeche. Note the enhanced hallmark shown above. Please scroll down to order.
5) Same as the above but as a Three Branch Candlestick. Bobeche are included. Please scroll down to order.
6) Another like candelabra except a Four Branch plus center 5th Candlestick. Bobeche are included. Note the enhanced hallmark shown above. Please scroll down to order.