Sunday, August 2, 2009

St. Louis: tiles

Moolah Temple ...the place to start my collection of ceramic tiles on buildings in the city.

Anyone who has spent an hour here knows that red brick was the exterior building material of choice for many years. Builders added tiles, usually sparingly, as ornamentation on many older public buildings and businesses. The tiles added interest to a brick facade by use of design and color.

Builders also used shiny glazed bricks, especially green, and terra cotta of different shades, and they added additional interest with unusually shaped entranceways and roof lines.

Who were these tile artisans? We shall find out.

As the project develops look for me to create a separate blogger site with a link from this page.

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