Phoenixville in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Foundry Building was constructed in 1882 using the dark red sandstone quarried locally from the north side of the French Creek. It was designed by Amory Coffin, who was the Chief Engineer at the Phoenix Iron Company at that time. Inside the Foundry Building, castings were produced and used by the Phoenix Iron and Steel Company and the Phoenix Bridge Company as ancillary parts needed for their products.
Two large core ovens were once located in the 8,000 square foot center section of the building where all of the molding and casting took place. Iron trusswork, designed for use in constructing bridges and manufactured at the mill, supports the roof of the 14,000 square foot building.
There were four large cranes that were used to move the sand molds and heavy castings. One of the cranes has been restored and can be seen at the Schuylkill River Heritage Center, located in the Foundry Building. The crane is believed to be the oldest surviving wooden crane in the USA.
Caption: This photograph is reproduced here with permission granted by Dave "Geetz” Batzel, in memory of his father, Vincent Ping
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
Location. 40° 8.135′ N, 75° 30.998′ W. Marker is in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker is on South Main Street north of Mill Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 N Main Street, Phoenixville PA 19460, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1871 Phoenix Column Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Symbols of Steel Sculpture Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Phoenix Iron & Steel Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Phoenix Iron Company (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Phoenixville War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Phoenixville Vietnam War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); American Legion Post 482 War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); The Griffen Cannon and Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phoenixville.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2022, by Pete Skillman of Townsend, Delaware. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2022, by Pete Skillman of Townsend, Delaware. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.