Perth Amboy Terra Cotta Company
Perth Amboy Terra Cotta Company of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, was a late-nineteenth- and early twentieth-century brickworks, known for the manufacture of many prominent and unique architectural terracotta elements.
The company was famous for the initial manufacture of Tiffany bricks, a speckled light-colored long thin Roman brick. Largely designed by architect Stanford White, they were popularly known as “Tiffany bricks” for their prominent use at Tiffany House (Manhattan) (built 1882-1885, demolished after 1936), on the northwest corner of E72nd Street and Madison Avenue. Perth Amboy was a town familiar with White’s partner, Charles Follen McKim, who had gone to school there. White used the manufactured bricks of the firm throughout the 1880s. The popularity of this and other bricks led to other architects commissioning specialized bricks for projects here and in other New Jersey brickworks.
- Mosette Broderick, Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White: Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America's Gilded Age (New York City: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2010), p.191-192
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