Wrought iron fences are a stylish and practical way of protecting your home; it’s no wonder they’re so popular. They’re trusted to secure celebrity homes, add beauty to landmarks and provide an aesthetic way to define your property. These trusted fences can be found protecting high-profile people from all over the globe. Here are a few landmarks whose beauty has been improved by the addition of a wrought iron fence:
Elvis Presley purchased Graceland in 1957 and made many modifications to the property, including the entrance. Now. upon arrival, visitors are greeted by a wrought iron gate that includes fence accents on top of the wall on each side. The gate’s shape represents a book of sheet music, and the gate is adorned with a silhouette of Elvis playing the guitar.
Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London
Buckingham Palace officially became the royal residence of England in 1837 and has undergone much construction over the course of history. Nowadays, the palace is one of the most famous and photographed places on the planet– complete with the most famous fence and gates anywhere, too. Gold was added to the gate and fence to accent the coat of arms and other decorative features. Nearby Buckingham Palace, Green Park proudly displays another wrought iron fence and gate, the opulent Canada Gate.
Sheremetev Palace, St. Petersburg
This palace was a part of the largest estate in all of St. Petersburg. It is currently part of the State Museum of Theatre and Musical Art, and its grounds are enclosed by a stunning wrought iron fence, which features an intricate array of metalwork, complete with gold accents in the shape of lions.
Colonel Short’s Villa, Garden District, New Orleans
The Garden District and French Quarter areas of New Orleans are packed with beautiful wrought iron fences, gates and balconies. One of the most unique designs of the district can be found at Colonel Short’s Villa. Constructed in 1859, the building served as the Governor’s mansion for a short time during the civil war. The fence includes ornate spires that take the appearance of cornstalks.
Stephen King’s house, Bangor, ME
Horror author Stephen King’s home is one of the most photographed celebrity homes in the country. King has owned the home since 1980 and it is easily recognized from the unique wrought iron fence and gate he added to it. The fence includes both large and small pointed spires that would look perfect around any house, haunted or otherwise. The gate includes a large spider web design at the bottom with two large spiders above, bats on each side, and a three-headed dragon.
Casa Vicens, Barcelona
This house was designed for a local factory owner by architect Antoni Gaudi and is one of the first buildings made in the Art Nouveau style. The building now houses a museum. The wrought iron fence and gate at the entrance were designed by Gaudi, decorated with palm leaf and flower motifs.
Michael Jordan’s mansion, Chicago
When he played for the Bulls, basketball legend Michael Jordan built a 30,000 foot mansion in suburban Chicago. Although he no longer lives there, the entrance to the estate is marked by a wrought iron fence and gate with his number, 23.
History has proven that wrought iron fences have a timeless beauty that enhance a wide variety of buildings and provide an elegant touch to one’s practical needs, such as security. Much like the famous fences mentioned here, their popularity is sure to endure for many years to come.