The Hyde Park duplex we are working on has beautiful and historically significant fireplaces. We researched these fireplaces when we remodeled the neighboring duplex last year and were excited to discover that they are actually finished with tiles created by Ernest Batchelder. Ernest Batchelder lived from 1875 – 1957 and is best known as a tile designer of distinctive cast-ceramic tiles influenced by the Gothic Revival and English Arts and Crafts Movement. Here is a link to an article about Mr. Batchelder and from there you can also view more of his fireplaces, http://www.tilenut.com/Batchelder/Batchsynopsis.html The pictures we are displaying were taken in the duplex we are currently remodeling. It is fascinating to view the detail and different personalities of the accent tiles on these fireplaces.
Hope you enjoy these pictures and the article about Ernest Batchelder. Maybe you have a Batchelder fireplace?