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1855 Altamira Place

“The fireplace is a permanent, built-in feature of a room. Rugs, wall coverings, draperies and furniture may be changed from time to time; but the fireplace remains either as a source of perennial satisfaction or as a constant

challenge to one’s sense of appropriateness. If it is thoughtfully chosen it will lend itself gracefully to any reasonable scheme of decoration.” - Batchelder Tiles: A Catalog of Mantel Designs. (3rd ed., 1927. Introduction.)

2806 Gregory Street, North Park This 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival style home features two distinctly different types of interior tile. A stunning Art Deco Claycraft Potteries fireplace provides a focal point in the living room. Identified as Claycraft’s Design No. 3001, the interesting fire frame consists of a combination of decorative arch tiles, mitered arch tiles, rectangular tiles of varying sizes, and diagonal tiles. The Claycraft company is known best for depicting idyllic scenes such as those containing medieval castles, knights and heraldic motifs. This fireplace, however, has a strong geometric character.

Between 1921 and about 1939, Claycraft produced about 500 different design tiles. During the 1920s, the company published at least six catalogs. Located in Los Angeles, Claycraft was driven by father and son Fred and George Robertson, whose family had been in the tile making business for generations.


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