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New York Architectural Terra-Cotta Company records, 1892-1921 (bulk, circa 1911-1920) 

Creator: 
New York Architectural Terra-Cotta Company (Long Island City, New York, N.Y.)
Phys. Desc: 
approx. 6,000 files.
Location: 
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library
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Biographical Note

The New York Architectural Terra-Cotta Company (NYATCC) was in operation at 401 Vernon Avenue in Long Island City, Queens, New York, from 1886 to 1932. Of the forty-eight major terra cotta manufacturers in the United States, it was the only company that operated its plant in New York City. The NYATCC supplied architectural terra cotta for projects throughout the United States and Canada, including over 2,000 buildings. Among their most prominent commissions are Carnegie Hall and the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Scope and Contents

Files of the company, 1911-1920, much of which consists of unsucessful architectural bid documents, each noting the architect, building, and location, as well as estimated costs, sketches, and related correspondents. These bid documents represent commissions not awarded to NYATCC, and do, in some cases, indicate the outcome of the bid. Architects represented include McKim, Mead & White; Cass Gilbert; George Post; D.H. Burnham & Company; Warren & Wetmore, Schwartz & Gross, and many others. Also includes correspondence and office memoranda, including some describing the formative years, 1911-1914, of the National Terra Cotta Society, trade catalogs, and job photographs. Also, two albums containing photographs of sample pieces of terra cotta, and month by month construction records for three buildings, including the American Theater (42nd Street, New York, 1892) by Charles Coolidge Haight; the Renaissance Apartments (Brooklyn, N.Y., 1889) and the Imperial Apartments (Brooklyn, N.Y., 1890) both by Montrose Morris.

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