New museum honors the life of Charleston's most celebrated blacksmith

Image by Philip Simmons Foundation Gates hand-forged by Philip Simmons.

The memory of Charleston's most celebrated blacksmith, Philip Simmons, lives on in his famous wrought iron masterpieces throughout the world, and now, in a brand new museum highlighting his life and work.

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The museum, located at 30 1/2 Blake Street is Simmons's actual home. The nonprofit Philip Simmons Foundation and the City of Charleston just finished repairing the home which had recently been listed it as one of the nation's 11 most endangered places.

According to The Post and Courier:

The rooms are furnished to shed light into how Simmons lived, but the spaces also serve as a sort of shrine to his work, including many portraits of the man and his famous iron gates. There's a gallery, gift shop and break area, but Simmons' bedroom and office are being furnished much like they were when he lived there.

To learn more about the new museum and restoration process, click over to the article in The Post and Courier.

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