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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fonthill Castle - Henry Mercer's Home

  
  
Last weekend while we were in Philadelphia, we took a side trip to Doylestown, Pennsylvania to see what we thought might be some interesting places to visit. The building in these photos is one of three reinforced concrete buildings built by Henry Mercer in the early 1900's. This one was his home and is now open for tours. On the same property he built the Moravian Tile Works to make hand-made decorative tiles for ceilings, walls and floors. These tiles are everywhere in his home, all with different stories to tell. The many rooms are different shapes due to the fact that concrete can be shaped. You could easily get lost here! It really is fascinating and I've never seen anything like it. The tile photo is from the Mercer Museum.




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    1. ......of history,dreams and fairy tales!

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  2. oh! it's fine! i love the way people and specially artist decore their home, and here i am fascinated by this work
    bonne journée to you

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    1. Il etait intéressant de voir tant d'idées pour tuiles dans ce lieu insolite.
      He surely used his talents to decorate his home! Very cool!
      Have a great day M.

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