Werner Weekend: Demonstration and Tour
The American College of Building Arts in Charleston hosts a day of “Demonstration, Dining, and Discussion” focused on 19th-century German immigrant and Charleston artisan, master ironworker Christopher Werner. Mr. Werner’s immigration from Germany to Charleston in the 1850’s transformed many of the city’s residences through his skill as an ironworker. His personal life was as bold as his professional life. The “Werner Weekend” begins at 9:30 Saturday morning with a meeting at the Old District Jail, 21 Magazine Street. From there, participants will be transported to the college’s James Island Campus. At 10:00, professors and students will demonstrate the techniques and methods used to make 19th century iron gates. They will discuss the styles and challenges to create historically accurate gates. Lunch will be provided (drinks a la cart) at 12:30 at East Bay Biergarten. A walking tour begins at 2:00, hosted by Bulldog Tours and led by Nic Butler (Historian for the Charleston Archive, Charleston County Public Library) and Christina Rae Butler (Butler Preservation and Adjunct professor, CofC and ACBA). Their discussions will be primarily about the life of Christopher Werner and function of decorative iron in antebellum Charleston. Kaffee und Kuchen begins at 3:00, with comments by Dr. Andrea Mehrländer, Executive Director of the Academy of Transatlantic Academic Studies in Berlin, and author of two books about Germans living in the antebellum South. The Werner Weekend is limited to 20 participants and all transportation is provided. The fee is $50 for the Walking Tour, or $175 for the Walking Tour and Blacksmith Demonstration. Register by January 22.