The Chelsea Market: A Look Into the Past

by | Jul 15, 2020

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!

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