How can you help?
donations will be used for a variety of expenses and projects within
the overall documentation.
those donating please note “Doc. Project” on your
check. There will be a series of
fund-raisers for the project. The first was held at Alterman
Studios on November 28, 2006. If you are interested in helping out
with future benefits please contact Rossie Colter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Apprentice: $25 -
Smith: $251 - $500
Patron: $501 -
Craftsperson: $2,501 - $10,000
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Overview of Project
Database: Identifying and
certifying works of Mr. Simmons
DVD to include:
- The Building of a Gate
- Neighborhood Works
Book: A comprehensive study
of Mr. Simmons works captured in photography.
Walking Tours: Three (3) Walking tours of Mr. Simmons exciting and
cherished works in Charleston
Lesson Plans: Update of the
existing plans that include a video/DVD.
Philip Simmons is one of the
world’s most renowned Master Blacksmiths. To date, there has not
been a project that combines multi-media to categorize and archive over
600 pieces of existing ironworks that Mr. Simmons designed, fabricated,
Michael Vlach wrote the book, “Charleston Blacksmith: The Work of
Philip Simmons” in 1981 which documented
his major works up to that date.
This book is in its fourth printing and is one of the best
sellers for the University of South Carolina Press (publisher).
1995, the Simmons Foundation partnered with the Historic Charleston
Foundation to identify the works of Mr. Simmons. With a grant from the South Carolina
Humanities Foundation, the initial data was collected over a three year
the interim, homes were renovated; ironworks by Philip Simmons were
beginning to disappear from the sites that were documented
originally. Some pieces were
donated to the School of the Building Arts (now,
American College of the Building arts). As houses were sold some owners took
the piece(s) to their new home.
and national television shows were requesting information about Mr.
Simmons more and more which led to the discovery of the site
changes. With this alarm, it was
evident that the documentation that was previously done would need a
fellow collaborator and friend of Mr. Simmons, Mary Edna Fraser who is
also a local artist, introduced Sunhead
Projects to the project administrator of the Simmons Foundation to do a
documentary. As a result of that
meeting, the Foundation and Sunhead Projects
joined efforts to produce the most comprehensive archives of Simmons to
April 21, 2007, Avery Research
Center at the College of Charleston set up a “Simmons
Room” in their building to continue to input the database,
display some of Mr. Simmons’ drawings, photographs of his works,
his first anvil, some ironworks, and the most recent gift to the Foundation,
a bust of Mr. Simmons, carved in mahogany by Mark Woodward. Avery will house the archives.
Documentation Project encompasses video, print and on-the-ground, self
guided tours. Ultimately the endeavor will involve students,
videographers, historians and
many other interested citizens of Charleston.
We thank you
for your interest,
consideration and donations.
LIMITED EDITION SIGNED
Philip Simmons was 88 years old, he sat for a studio portrait by
Charleston photographer, Jack Alterman. As part of the fundraising efforts for
the documentation project, Alterman is
providing a limited edition of 88 framed prints that are signed by Mr.
Simmons and the photographer. The prints will be on display at Alterman Studios where they are available for
purchase at $1,000 each. Portraits can be purchased through the Simmons
Foundation – Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 21585, Charleston, SC 29413 – (843) 571-6445 -
FAX (843) 571-6435 -
For more on the
The Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc., a non-profit tax-exempt organization
was established in 1991 by the Vestry of St. John’s Reformed
Episcopal Church to develop and maintain a commemorative landscaped
garden on the grounds of the church.
The Foundation added to its charge to preserve the legacy of Mr.
Simmons who is also a member of the church.
Philip Simmons was born on
Daniel Island in 1912. He came to
Charleston at age eight for a better
education and discovered iron. He developed a passion for the iron work
and spent over 77 years practicing his art. National recognition for
his artistry didn’t come until 1976, when he was invited by the
Smithsonian Institute to participate in the National Heritage Festival
on the Mall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
Pieces of his work have also been acquired by:
the Atlanta History Center,
Atlanta, GA, the Daniel Island Company,
Daniel Island, SC and the General Services
Administration of the Federal Government for the entrance gates to the
Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse in Columbia, SC.