Archive for the ‘Tiles’ Category

Unique Historic Home Details – Nursery Rhyme Tile

Friday, March 6th, 2015

I haven’t come across them too often, but when I do, I always try and photograph the nursery rhyme tiles I find in historic homes. They seem to be in homes ranging across a huge span, from the 1890’s to the 1930’s (at least the ones pictured below). I have found them most commonly in fireplace surrounds, but also in children’s bathrooms. Of course I tell owners that they have something special and to preserve them in their natural place in the home. Ripping them out for some “new” trend borders on criminal (at least to a preservationist like me). No matter who seems them, the response is always the same…lot’s of ooh’s and aah’s from the adults, giggling like children at the site of these old nursery rhymes.

Nursery Rhyme Tile at New Victorian Bed and Breakfast

Bathroom Childrens Tile

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Historic Floor Tiles and Patterns

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
I was in a historic home the other day where each bathroom had different floor tile.
 This tile pattern is typical of a 1930’s home giving me a clue that this could possibly be a bathroom addition not original to the home, or a renovation during that time period.

 Both of these are Hexagon Patterns