Blog posts from the ARCH Design Lab

168 Michigan Avenue, Atlantic Bank Building, Chicago Architecture, Terra Cotta Restoration, Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Chicago’s 168 Michigan Avenue Restoration

Boston Valley Terra Cotta is making progress on the restoration of the façade of the former 1916 Atlantic Bank Building at 168 Michigan Avenue in Chicago. This long-vacant, century-old high-rise in now undergoing a remarkable transformation and there's great anticipation to return the beautiful white terra cotta façade to its original glory. When completed, plans for this historic restoration project include an upscale hotel set to open Spring of 2018.
Coney Island History Project, Seaside, New York City Architecture, Terra Cotta Restoration, Childs Building

Neptune Revisited: Spotlight on the Restoration of Coney Island’s Childs Restaurant

Over Memorial Day weekend, The Coney Island History Project opened "Neptune Revisited: Terra Cotta Relics from the Childs Building, Last of Coney Island's Boardwalk Palaces," exhibiting terra cotta relics from the original Childs Restaurant Building, now the Seaside Park and Community Arts Center. The exhibition gives insight into the history of the popular boardwalk restaurant and the extensive process to restore the original 1924 building.

The Future of Ceramics is Being Developed in Buffalo, NY – Architect’s Newspaper

Boston Valley Terra Cotta was recently featured in Architect’s Newspaper. The article, “The future of ceramics is being developed in Buffalo, New York” by Matt Shaw, highlights Boston Valley's transformation from a flower pot business started in 1889 to a leading innovator in the Terra Cotta industry – maintaining a superior level of craftsmanship while simultaneously incorporating digital technology to allow more experimentation with clay-based building systems.
Sydney, Australia, Architectural Terra Cotta, TerraClad, Cladding, Sydney Architecture, Primus Hotel, Boston Vally Terra Cotta, Water Board Building

Boston Valley Restores the Historic Sydney Water Board Building

In 2015, restoration was completed on the former Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board Building in Sydney, Australia. Built in 1939 by Australian architecture firm H.E. Budden and Mackey, the building is known for its glamorous Art Deco details and innovative 20th-century precast features. Materials on the building include marble, granite, bronze, brass and terra cotta, which Boston […]
One Madison Square Gatehouse, One Madison, New York City, Boston Valley Terra Cotta, BKSK Architects, Architects Newspaper Article

One Madison Featured in Architect’s Newspaper April 2017 Issue

If you were sharp, you caught another Boston Valley project featured in the April print issue of the Architect’s Newspaper – the One Madison Square Gatehouse. Boston Valley Terra Cotta worked with BKSK Architects to manufacture the extruded terra cotta units for the contemporary façade for this New York City structure. Terra cotta was chosen for […]