This is the "small" mural in the ex-Firestone Administration Building.*
FIRESTONE TIRE COMPANY MURALS--SOUTHGATE, CA
Title of Installation:
Firestone Tire Company Murals
Gladding McBean and Batchelder ceramic tiles
Additional Materials Information:
Three polychrome tile murals depicting the rubber industry from tropical plantation to the factory.
Technical Information (Size,mfg., etc.):
"These [murals] are in the Administration Building, which was built in 1929-1930. The
murals are surrounded by thousands and thousands of Batchelder tile.
The murals are made in 6x6s, so you can figure out how large they are.
They begin just above the Batchelder wainscoting, and are about two
They are in near mint condition, and the present owners are very proud of
them." (Email to Michael Padwee from Brian Kaiser, 2/19/11 1:00 AM -0800, Re: Re. Firestone Rubber Co. tile mural)
Year Installed, if different:
Does Installation Still Exist?
If Not, What Happened?
Location of Installation:
2525 Firestone Blvd., 90280
According to Brian Kaiser, this building is now rented to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and is used as an Adult School. (http://southgateadultschool.com/locations/)
Directions to Installation:
Additional Information, Websites, Citations:
*This photo was discovered in E. Stanley Wires, "Decorative Tiles, Part IV, Their Contribution to Architecture and Ceramic Art" in New England Architect and Builder Illustrated, No. Sixteen, 1960.
Submitted by and Year:
Brian Kaiser (brian.kaiser"at"ymail.com), tile historian and preservationist, and Michael Padwee (tileback101"at"collector.org); February 2011