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Old Van Briggle Art Pottery Factory

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1907, Nicholas van den Ahrend. 1125 Glen Ave. (southeast corner of W. Uintah St.)

Posing as a Hudson River mansion, this factory wears a handsome red brick skin with decorative tile ornament as well as wide, open-rafter eaves, dormers, gables, and two massive kiln chimneys. Now used by the college as offices and a maintenance facility, it was built for the pottery founded at the turn of the century by Artus Van Briggle, the son of a Dutch immigrant. He and his wife, Anne, used Chinese glazing techniques and Art Nouveau designs for a prized line of art pottery. Nicholas van den Ahrend often incorporated Van Briggle tiles into his architectural designs, including this Art Nouveau treasure.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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