The Jazz Age Show Opens in Cleveland!

September 30, 2017 – January 14, 2018


Bob and Carolyn Rose at the Opening!

The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920’s show, immensely popular at  the Cooper Hewitt in New York City for the past few months, will open at The Cleveland Museum of Art on Saturday September 30. The first major museum exhibition to focus on American taste in art and design during the dynamic years of the 1920s and early 1930s. Tickets on sale NOW for this blockbuster exhibition!



The show features our now American Deco iconic Muse with Violin screen as well as Mirror and Console Table, two pieces which have not been available for public viewing for many years.  Also displayed is the center balcony railing from the former Drury Theater of The Cleveland Playhouse.  It is one of the finest examples of Martin Rose’s traditional work.  Be sure to look for the catalog of this outstanding show.


More about the show:

  • Click on the first, primary Muse screen image triangle to watch a short video created to feature the show, Rose Iron Works and the screen.
  • Click on Featured Audio to listen to an interview with Bob Rose discussing the origin and creation of the Muse with Violin screen.
  • Page down to watch a short video with fun pre-opening clips and comments by Stephen Harrison, co-curator.


http://Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates ‘The Jazz Age’ with myriad types of work by many artists


2017 World Congress of Art Deco to be held in Cleveland

May 14, 2017



We are excited to announce the 2017 World Congress to be held in Cleveland from May 14-21.

This Congress will focus on the works of distinguished artists, designers, and craftsmen in America’s industrial heartland.


Rose Iron Works will be featured.

Bob Rose, third generation president, will present Rose Iron’s history, including Paul Feher’s tenure as resident designer, and its contribution to the American Art Deco Movement.

The attendees will tour Rose Iron Works.


Pre-Congress events in Cincinnati and Detroit, as well as Post-Congress activities in Pittsburgh and a visit to Fallingwater will all celebrate exciting American Modernist design.


Dates for all activities include:

Cincinnati Pre-Congress – May 7-10, 2017

Detroit Pre-Congress – May 11-13, 2017

Cleveland World Congress – May 14-21, 2017

Pittsburgh Post-Congress – May 21-24, 2017


For the most up-to-date event information and registration details, visit the official Congress site at


20th Century Society USA

The event is organized and hosted by Mick Beyer, head of the 20th Century Society

The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s

April 7, 2017- January 14, 2018


The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, NY April 7–August 20, 2017

Cleveland Museum of Art Sept 30-January 14, 2018


The first major museum exhibition to focus on American taste during the creative explosion of the 1920s, The Jazz Age will be a multi-media experience of more than 400 examples of interior design, industrial design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, architecture, music, and film. Giving full expression to the decade’s diversity and dynamism, The Jazz Age will define the American spirit of the period. Several historic pieces produced by Rose Iron Works between 1926-31 are included in the show. We are honored that a detail of our Muse with Violin screen is featured as the cover of the catalog for this exciting show.


Read about the show


JAZZ AGE: AMERICAN STYLE 1920s: Review By Polly Guerin



A Jazz Age Exhibition With a Syncopated Sweep

RIW is Featured by Freshwater

January 12, 2017

RIW is Featured by Freshwater

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We are proud that Erin O’Brien featured us in her article Five Rust Belt Places that rock the Flats!

In her article, she mentions that our historic work will be included in the Jazz Age Show opening at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, NYC in April 2017. The show, which will include the Muse with Violin screen, a spectacular Deco console table and companion mirror and the railing which once graced the balcony at the Drury Theater, will travel to The Cleveland Museum of Art in September 2017 … stay tuned!!

RIW is Featured by Fox8 newday Cleveland

June 6, 2016

RIW is Featured by Fox8 newday Cleveland

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We are proud to be included in Fox8’s newday Cleveland feature Century in Cleveland. In it, David Moss and Natalie Herbick showcase a variety of Cleveland icons. The interview with Bob Rose provides a glimpse into our 112 year heritage as well as provides video of production at our forge shop as well as robotic welding facility

Bob Rose is Moderator for Agents of Ingenuity

April 21, 2016


Bob Rose is Moderator for Agents of Ingenuity

Ned Hill, Professor of Public Affairs and City & Regional Planning at the Ohio State University; Kelly Falcone-Hall, President & CEO of the Western Reserve Historical Society, and David Allen Moss of Moss Media presented a podcast conversation, moderated by Kathy Cook and Bob Rose, about Industrial Design’s influence on Cleveland’s past and future. While the discussion primarily focused on industrial design, Bob offered insight into Cleveland’s rich artistic design heritage with commentary about family lifetime friend Viktor Schreckengost and others who have enhanced the aesthetic appeal of hundreds of items designed in or by Clevelanders.



RIW Introduces Urban Iron Wall Sculpture Series

January 2016

RIW Introduces Urban Iron Wall Sculpture Series


Cleveland #1 – View from the River is the first in our Urban Iron limited edition wall sculpture series.

The eight foot wide piece depicts the excitement of Cleveland’s skyline in gracefully crafted outline, enriched with engraved, embossed and forged textures.

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The original design is by Brad Rose with unique interpretation in steel by Bob Rose and RIW’s art blacksmith staff. The next design, awaiting a commission, will be the view from Lake Erie. Cleveland #1 is currently available for viewing in our studio conference room. Custom sculptures are also available.

Light Fixtures Installed at Cleveland 3rd District Police Station

April 14, 2015

Light Fixtures Installed at Cleveland 3rd District Police Station

The fixtures described below are now illuminating the entrance of the new 3rd District Police Station. We are honored to have contributed to the enhancement of such an exciting new addition to Cleveland. The station has been rightfully heralded as a new wave in creating a welcoming atmosphere for our community. Erin Obrien of Fresh Water Cleveland shares our pride in Commander Pat Stephens’ (and his team’s) service to our neighborhood. We are grateful to Steve Manka and Steve Yusko for their assistance with the fixture’s design as well as to Repko, Atom Blasting and American Japanning for their skills of laser cutting, sandblasting and painting respectively.


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RIW’s railing is showcased at A Tradition of Progress – Ohio Decorative Arts 1865-1945

February 6 – May 17, 2015

RIW’s railing is showcased at A Tradition of Progress – Ohio Decorative Arts 1865-1945

Several Rose Iron Works historic pieces as well as original drawings by Paul Feher are being displayed at The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, Lancaster, Ohio. The show is curated by Andrew Richmond.

Here are a few pics taken at the opening. The railing section, an example of Martin Roses’ finest work, is one which was made for the Drury Theater of the Cleveland Playhouse in the late 20’s. The lamp is one designed by Paul Feher in 1930 .. and is still in production today!

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Read more about it in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette.

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