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

TITLE: New Exhibit: Terra Cotta Relics from the Childs Building
SOURCE: Coney Island History Project
DATE: May 18th, 2017
BY: n/a
Read the original article on the Coney Island History Project website

Coney Island History Project, Seaside, New York City Architecture, Terra Cotta Restoration, Childs Building

3-D renderings were created to replicate the original terra cotta ornaments.

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.

With the help of Boston Valley Terra Cotta, the nearly century-old building was brought back to life from 3-D renderings developed from field survey photos and multiple measurements on-site. With the assistance of glaze artist Christine Jetten, 32 different custom glazes were developed to match the colorful terra cotta masonry units, that were then replicated by Boston Valley Terra Cotta.

Click here to learn more about the complete restoration of the Seaside Park and Community Arts Center.

Read the feature article about the Coney Island History Project exhibition.

Watch the video below from the Coney Island History Project about the history of the Childs Building.

Coney Island History Project, Seaside, New York City Architecture, Terra Cotta Restoration, Childs Building

Before and after of the very detailed nautical terra cotta pieces.

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