Restoring & Repairing Cast Iron: Methods for Refurbishing and Restoring Cast Iron at the US Capitol Dome Restoration Project
Robert A. Baird was one of the original founders of Historical Arts & Casting, Inc., a firm nationally recognized for its architectural metal restoration and replication work.
He has spent over 43 working in the industry and has expertise in all aspects of metal restoration and manufacturing including foundry, fabrication, finishing and installation. His has extensive experience working with aluminum, iron and bronze. Robert also has a special interest with traditional building trades and has expertise with traditional glass manufacturing. He and his two brothers and their team have completed over 1500 projects over the course of their career. Their work includes some of the finest architectural treasures in America. Robert is currently leading the HACI team working on the cast iron dome restoration at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
Robert’s interest in preservation started at a young age. His father, Steven T. Baird, one of the early preservation architects in America was the architect for Nauvoo Restoration, a nineteenth century historical village being restored on the banks of the Mississippi river in Illinois. His summers as a child was were spent working with archeologists and traditional craftsmen working on the project. In the early 1970’s Robert and his brothers, working with their father, completed the first major cast iron building facade restoration in the country. After college he spent time in Washington D.C. working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation before returning to Utah to run HACI with his brothers. When Robert is not designing and creating custom metal work or surveying and inspecting cast iron buildings, he enjoys being with his family, fly fishing, sailing, and bicycle touring.