Official Title of Installation:                                                                                                                             

Science High Science High School

Materials Used:

Polychromed terra cotta

General Description:

The doorframes, including carved lintels, are made of polychromed terra cotta. There are also terra cotta wall decorations attached to the brickwork.

Technical Information (Size,mfg., etc.):

Terra cotta manufactured by the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company of Perth Amboy, NJ

Year Created:


Does Installation Still Exist?

Yes, but it is being converted into new housing by a consortium led by basketball star Shaquille O’Neal.


New Jersey



Location of Installation:

40 Rector Street (on Rector Street near McCarter Highway, aka Route 21)

Additional Information, Websites, Citations:

"The building was erected in 1890 by Ballantine breweries and served as malt house. It later became part of the state university system and a library. The city bought the property and opened Science High School in the mid 1980s. It has been empty since 2006." "O’Neal plans to convert the former Science High School building into a 23-story, 169-unit apartment tower with retail space on the ground floor. He is working in partnership with New-Brunswick-based Boraie Development, which has helped construct more than 1 million square feet of residential and retail buildings in New Jersey and partnered with O’Neal to give Newark its first movie theater in decades." ( 

Photos taken in 2009 by Michael Padwee

Submitted by and Year:

Michael Padwee (tileback101"at"; December 2010

Side door

Section of lintel

Side door lintel

 Terra cotta ornamentation