Pewabic's Tile Restoration of the Women's City Club in Detroit
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Pewabic senior designer Genevieve Sylvia and a team of the pottery's tile artisans have been working with the Kraemer Design Group on restoring numerous tile installations found throughout the Women's City Club building in downtown Detroit.
Genevieve discusses why this project is near to our hearts as we revisit Pewabic tile work designed over a century ago. Genevieve states in her interview, "The revitalization of this majestic building through the partnership between Pewabic and Olympia Development of Michigan is meaningful, not only in Pewabic’s story, but the story of our city.” Read the full article here.
Did you know that Pewabic co-founder Mary Chase Perry Stratton was the first Vice President of the club when it was founded in 1919? Mary's husband and the architect who built Pewabic, William B. Stratton, was also responsible for the build of the clubhouse.
The iconic geometric teardrop design found on the entryway arch was created by Mary Chase. Rich blue and green tiles are arranged amidst the glow of her signature Iridescent glazes, contributing to the impact of the tile pattern.
Our Women's Club Pattern Tile pays homage to our Co-Founder's contribution to Detroit's architectural fabric and to her dedication and influence on the Arts & Crafts Movement within our community. Check out Pewabic Around Town on our website to explore some notable Pewabic tile installations around Detroit.
NOTE: Access to certain locations may be prohibited to due to COVID-19.
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