Cast Iron and Glass


Outdoor markets started getting converted to permanent housing made out of cast iron starting around the 1850s through the early 1920s, like the Burroughs Market in London which was built between 1851-1860 with additions all the way through 1932.

The Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, Spain, was built in 1916, and though not as large as its counterparts in London or Budapest**, is perhaps the finest example of a cast iron and glass architecture in Europe.

**The Great Market Hall is a large three storied cast iron and glass indoor market in Budapest, Hungary, built in 1896. It clearly shows the transition between the simple cast iron structures of Burroughs Market, built in 1850, and the artistic cast iron & glass marvel of Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, built in 1916.


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