Polychromed terra cotta tiles
Additional Materials Information:
The hotel's Marine Grill was considered one of the more unusual interiors in the city of New York due to an "expansive grotto of polychrome terra cotta... .
The basement room, at first called the Rathskeller and within a few months the Marine Grill,... is a forest of tile-clad piers that curve up and form great curved vaults, all in a glazed riot of ornament and color - brown, green, cream, silver and scarlet. Giant semicircles along the walls carry faience panels depicting the maritime history of New York.
DESIGNED by Fred Dana Marsh, these show such noteworthy ships as the Half Moon, the steamer Clermont and the Mauretania against contemporary backgrounds, also in high color.
The magazine Architectural Review in 1913 wrote 'if there is any limit to the possibilities of colored clay for decorative purposes, this is it,' and credits the overall tile work to the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company and the hotel's architect, Frank M. Andrews.
But the Marine Grill is not just a surface ornament. The upward curve of each great pier expands out to its neighbor in a series of sinuous shapes, curving in three dimensions. It is a polychrome forest of massive, stunted trees, but expressive of the room's underground location and the giant hotel bearing down on top of it."*Technical Information (Size,mfg., etc.):
The tiles were manufactured by the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company of Perth Amboy, NJ. Originally there were twenty historical tile panels. The original six, eight foot tall lunettes were repeated.
Does Installation Still Exist?
The original tiled Marine Grill Room was destroyed in 1990. (see picture post card from http://www.cardcow.com/176933/grill-room-hotel-mcalpin-new-york/)
Location of Installation:
As of October 2011, six reassembled murals have been moved to the William and Fulton Streets entrance to the Broadway/Fulton Street subway station.
Color photos taken in 2010 at the Broadway/Fulton Street subway station courtesy of Michael Padwee.
Submitted by Michael Padwee (tileback101"at"collector.org); April, 2011.