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The BMB: A Historic Gateway

by | Jul 15, 2020

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

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