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Paul Brown Building

Built on the first floor and foundations of an earlier building, the Paul Brown Building makes up roughly the other half of the block occupied by the Arcade-Wright Building.

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I find the decoration in terracotta hard to quantify: what style is it really other than a playful mixture of different styles such as a dentilated cornice paired with what almost looks like Moorish arches?

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Even more fascinating is how the terracotta has little black specks mixed in with the tan/buff clay.

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Not sure what these figures represent on the front portal, but one looks like a painter.

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2 Comments

  1. Could the specks be a remnant of long-ago coal dust soot that reacted with ? in the clay mixture that resisted subsequent cleaning efforts?

    • Possible that there was an impurity in the terracotta that oxidized over the decades–I will investigate.

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