Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Boston Valley Terra Cotta is one of only 2 major manufacturers of architectural terra cotta remaining in the USA. Despite its more recent entry into the market, Boston Valley has proven it is a company not to be underestimated. Boston Valley Terra Cotta was established by the Krouse family in 1981 following the purchase of … Continue reading

Re-Crowning Chicago

I’ve had some great meetings this week so far and have come across the use of GFRC for replacement in place of terracotta a fair bit, particularly to reinstate large cornices. Mary Brush, Holabird and Root is working on repair of the exterior wall of 37 South Wabash. GFRC is being used for the first time at a … Continue reading

Chicago’s Cloud Scrapers Rise

I’m very happy to be in Chicago (it’s my kind of town). Architecturally I should start with the Art Institute building by Daniel Burnham with its typical Beaux Arts style so popular at this time. But as I am looking at the development of buildings technically, I would say this building is the key, the Monadnock Building by … Continue reading

More Manhattan gems

I was on a specific mission today; I hiked across Manhattan today seeking out buildings Boston Valley Terra Cotta have restored: Uptown: Grand Central Station Oyster Bar, Alwyn Court and  and Carnegie Hall Downtown: 90 West St, 55 Liberty I was hit by some stunning terracotta today, Alwyn Court has an entirely moulded fascade and is deep in … Continue reading

Walking the Grid

It is the 200th anniversary of the Commissioners’ Map and Survey of Manhattan Island and the organisation of NYC into the grid system, with east to west as streets and north to south as avenues. Interestingly Broadway was an old trade route and as it would have been too disruptive to move it, it remained the only diagonal road. … Continue reading

C21 Architecture in NYC

Today I’ve been exploring modern architecture and seeking out recent applications of terracotta in the City. A good excuse to walk The High Line, which is a disued railway line that some artists have landscaped and planted to make a walk over the streets and through the buildings in the Meatpacking District towards Chelsea. I … Continue reading

Louis Sullivan in New York City

Day 1, I went straight out on the first of Susan Tunick’s fabulous Terra Cotta walking tours, dispite having allocated myself a rest day, I couldn’t help but get out and start what I’m here to do. My first major sight is the explosion of terracotta that is the Bayard-Condict, 65 Bleeker Street. From the … Continue reading

Nash’s wonders

In researching the conservation of the iron structure that supports the Brighton Royal Pavilion I have found a new appreciation and enjoyment of this unique building. Nash’s innovation in design have given us a playful and spectacular building that is also technically flawed. The hidden cast iron structure leaked from almost as soon as it … Continue reading