|A 6" x 18" Trent art tile |
panel (3-6" tiles) from a fireplace.
When I first read of this apartment house, I began searching for it on the internet. All I had was the name, not the address. I found one newspaper article that mentioned the Historic Hall apartments: "Activity Shown In West Side Districts", New York Daily Tribune, May 1, 1910, p. 12, column 2, which placed the building "in St. Nicholas avenue opposite l56th street." I then went to Christopher Gray's excellent website, Office for Metropolitan History, and read his article, A Guide to Researching the History of a New York City Building.
Since the building was designed by the architect Albert P. Morris and built in 1909, I next searched for the architect's new buildings (NBs) for 1909 and the surrounding years in the "Manhattan NB Database 1900-1986", accessed through Christopher Gray's website. Three new buildings were listed for Albert Morris. The most promising result out of these three buildings was one built in 1909 on the East side of St. Nicholas Avenue, approximately 248 feet North of 155th Street.
I then took a trip to St. Nicholas Avenue and 155th Street and roughly measured 248 feet from 155th Street. I found myself in the middle of 156th Street. The building I focused on was at the NE corner of West 156th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue--940 St. Nicholas Avenue. Another building on the SE corner became my second choice--936-938 St. Nicholas Avenue. I managed to gain entry to the ground floors of both buildings, and decided that the three tile murals, "rug" and mantel would have fit better in 940 St. Nicholas Avenue.
940 St. Nicholas Avenue
|Entrance, 940 St. Nicholas Avenue, Manhattan|
|A large public area on the ground floor near the St. Nicholas Avenue entrance|
|Entry hallway at the West 156th Street entrance|
936-938 St. Nicholas Avenue
|Entrance, 936-938 St. Nicholas Avenue|
|Internal courtyard to apartment entrance|
|One of the interior hallways|
I have asked both the Potteries of Trenton Society, which has an excellent database of the ceramic companies operating in Trenton, NJ, and the Tile Heritage Foundation for information about the Kline Barber Shop and the Historic Hall building, but neither had any new information.
(The Tile Heritage Foundation recently mentioned my historic tile installations website and this blog in their E-Newsletter.)
|A Trent fireplace surround recently seen on eBay|