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The Chelsea Market: A Look Into the Past

The Chelsea Market: A Look Into the Past

Restoring historic spaces to fit modern uses makes for both an exciting project and a great responsibility. When we took on the project of restoring and updating New York’s Chelsea Market, we made sure to use authentic materials and timeless designs.
The Chelsea Market was originally home to an Oreo cookie factory, built in the 1890’s. Now, it’s one of the most visited and talked about destinations in New York City. With six million annual visitors, this landmark has implemented additions to make it more visitor friendly. “The Cellar” addition officially opened in 2019 as a food-focused floor. While the restoration of this building fluctuated and thrived as a tourism hot spot, the restrooms remained inadequate for large crowds. In the past long queues for individual restrooms were common, but now, long bathroom lines have become a thing of the past.
Our Subway Ceramics collection was used to restore original Victorian character to this landmark. With a strong focus on authentic materials, you’ll see great attention to details of the past. Keep your eyes open for overlapping radius corners and cove trims; pencil-thin grout lines, a perfectly flat field tile, and a simulated “patina” glaze effect produced by introducing a slight variation in tone between tiles.

By maintaining focus on the historically significant details in this restoration project, we created a space that feels authentic to the original character of this landmark. In tandem, the new restroom facilities are updated to accommodate the millions of visitors. With an attention to detail, timeless design, and updated facilities, this project pairs traditional with modern to create an authentic and updated space. The historic beauty doesn’t stop here. Check out other commercial subway tile projects we have been a part of!

The BMB: A Historic Gateway

The BMB: A Historic Gateway

Every once in a while, we get a rare glimpse into the past. Our most recent opportunity presented itself through the Battery Maritime Building in Brooklyn. This building stands at the foot of South Street on the East River and was originally designed as a ferry port to Brooklyn when it was built in 1909. Since 1956 it’s served as a gateway to Governors Island. This Beaux-Arts building with its distinctive Guastavino vaulted ceiling and structural steel cross beams, has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976.

Heritage Tile recently teamed up with the Cipriani company to help restore this gem to its former glory. While renovations to complete the update of this entire building are extensive, the first phase of the project was completed in 2019. The first phase introduced a massive event space labeled as the “Great Hall” which seats up to 800 people. Phase two of the renovation will include a hotel and rooftop restaurant.

This historic landmark called for authentic material to bring the timelessness of this space to life once again. With that in mind, all 4 public restrooms and selected common areas were designed with our Subway Ceramics collection. All of these spaces were revived by Victorian White glazed tile which features a tinted crackle and gloss finish. This vintage finish imparts an aged yet timeless aesthetic, and pairs perfectly with the wood tones and bronze fixtures found within the rooms of the Battery Maritime Building. You can experience our Victorian White glaze by ordering a complimentary sample today. The white crackle glazed tile was laid in an offset pattern with historically accurate six-inch square tiles to restore the period authenticity of this grand and elegant structur

It’s no secret that the Battery Maritime Building has incredible historic significance as the gateway to Lower Manhattan. Honoring this landmark called for authentic Subway Ceramics and a Victorian White glaze. Stay updated on the upcoming phases of this project and read more blogs here