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CRAN: Restoring American Heritage Tilework
September 11
12:00-1:00p


Please note the new location: at Maggiano’s Restaurant at Friendship Heights, 5333 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20015.

American heritage tilework defines the glazed ceramic wall tiles and porcelain floor mosaics used in residential homes and commercial buildings throughout the United States from the 1890s through the pre-war period. This precise and sophisticated tile system was the product of a uniquely collegial tile industry that conformed to a national standard defining the archetype for tilework used throughout the country for over 40 years.

It is our objective to demonstrate that pre-war American tilework was a technical tour de force, and the use of historically-authentic reproduction materials to restore the tilework in our vintage period homes and commercial and municipal buildings is possible, practical, and desirable.

Learning objectives:
1. Recognize how “subway tile” refers to a precise, sophisticated, standardized, and uniquely American system of pre-war tilework.
2. Learn how and why a national standard evolved.
3. Identify tile conventions in architectural period styles.
4. Recognize vintage archetypes in modern tile installations.

Presenter: Emily Searle, Key Account Manager, Heritage Tile

1 LU/HSW. $15 for AIA members; $25 for non-members.

Register HERE.


Organized by AIA Potomac Valley for the Capital Area CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network, an AIA Knowledge Community), a tri-chapter committee founded jointly by AIA|DC, AIA Northern Virginia and AIA Potomac Valley.