Published in 2022 by Donald B. Corner and John Rowell, Architectural Terra Cotta examines the evolution of the timeless material and prepares architects and builders to find new, creative uses for it in their work. Terra cotta is among the oldest of manufactured building products, yet it has once again become a material of choice in contemporary façade design.
The book describes the key attributes that recommend the use of terra cotta and explain its continuing success over the centuries. The core of the book traces the many ways that terra cotta can be formed, finished, and applied to buildings, demonstrating the full potential of the material through a comprehensive inventory of recent examples, case studies, and architectural details.
Boston Valley Terra Cotta is featured prominently in the book as a leading manufacturer of architectural terra cotta. A selection of our past projects – many located in New York City – can be found throughout the pages, including a full case study on The Fitzroy.
Below is a sample of Boston Valley highlights from Corner and Rowell’s publication.
Caption reads: Ornament on the upper floors at 90 West Street, New York, NY (1907). Architectural design by Cass Gilbert. Damaged by flying debris from the World Trade Center collapse, the façade was repaired with new elements by Boston Valley Terra Cotta. Photo: © Christopher Payne/Esto.
Caption reads: Contemporary metallic glaze effects by Boston Valley Terra Cotta. Above: Detail at 200 Eleventh Avenue, New York, NY. Selldorf Architects (2010). Photo: Boston Valley. Below: Pacific Gate Condominiums, San Diego, California. Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects. Photos: Vittoria Zupicich.
Caption reads: Above: Projecting element added to a hand-pressed clay block after de-molding. Below: Kerfs and markings indicate portions of a block to be removed after firing. Boston Valley Terra Cotta, Orchard Park, New York. Photos: Donald Corner.
Caption reads: Center for Asian Art at the Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida (2016). Architect: Machado Silvetti, Boston, Massachusetts. Deep, ram pressed units, alternating as large and small squares on a rotated grid. Boston Valley Terra Cotta. Photo: © Anton Grassi/Esto.
Caption reads: One Great Jones Alley, 688 Broadway, New York, NY. BKSK Architects, New York (2019). Large scale vertical louvers by Boston Valley Terra Cotta. Photo: Field Condition.
Caption reads: Central portion of the elevation of The Fitzroy, 514 West 24th Street, New York, NY (2019). Designed by Roman and Williams for the JDS Development Group. Façade cladding by Boston Valley Terra Cotta, Orchard Park, New York. Photo: Stephen Alesch.
Donald B. Corner and John Rowell. Architectural Terra Cotta. Routledge, New York, New York. 2022.