Arts and Crafts Tiles Underground

Posted on February 18, 2012 by

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At the recent Arts and Crafts Society of CNY Winter Party, members Joe and Claire Sturr discussed a trip to New York City, when they saw marvelous tiles installed in several New York City Subway stations. Tiles by Arts and Crafts tile manufacturers Grueby, Rookwood, Heins and LaFarge can be found in stations across lower Manhattan.

The Sturrs were so impressed with what they saw in the Subway, they did further research on the subject, and they highly recommend the following books:

Subway Style: 100 Years of Architecture & Design in the New York City Subway by Anthony Robins and Andrew Garn

Along the Way MTA Arts for Transit by Sandra Bloodworth, and William S. Ayres

High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky by Joshua David, Robert Hammond

You may also be interested in the Central New York ceramicist Margie Hughto‘s work for the Cortland Street World Trade Center Station.

See and learn more about historic NYC Subway tiles from this post on Codex 99.

Fulton Street station, Rookwood Pottery, 1905.
Source: http://lh5.ggpht.com/_pVXrYi8s2rM/Sz0Neq4RxpI/AAAAAAAACkA/UGK4GvrHldY/Ship%20Mosaic%20at%20Fulton%20Street%20subway_thumb%5B5%5D.jpg?imgmax=800

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