After all these years of driving by this magnificent building and never having stopped, it was well worth the trip to the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. Right down the road from Henry Mercer's Fonthill Castle, this building is also a concrete masterpiece. Mr. Mercer obviously had a thing for concrete and tiles.
This is one of the rooms directly next to the gift shop on the first floor. The tour began with a short video explaining the history of the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works.
My dad would go nuts for all the old tools hanging on these walls and throughout the building.
This is a work space in the corner of the same room on the first floor. What a nice space!
~ Tiles ~
~ Tiles ~
~ And more tiles ~
This room houses many of the large furnaces used for firing the tiles.
~ Molds for tile making ~
~ More molds ~
~ A view looking outside ~
This is a view from the outside balcony looking toward the highway.
This is a view from the balcony looking toward Fonthill Castle.
~ Concrete and tiles ~
~ Smokestack ~
~ A closeup of the same smokestack ~
Only an artist would put this much attention to detail into a smokestack. Way to go, Mr. Mercer!
~ The last room on the tour ~