Batchelder Tile Registry

The Batchelder Tile Registry was launched in conjunction with the Museum’s 2016/2017 exhibition Batchelder: Tilemaker, which explored the design aesthetic and range of production of Ernest A. Batchelder (1875-1957) the prolific author, designer, educator, artist, and tilemaker who lived and worked in Pasadena and Los Angeles.

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The PMH International Batchelder Tile Registry

PMH is compiling a registry of Batchelder tile installations throughout the United States and Canada and is asking for assistance from the public.

No factory records are known to exist for Batchelder’s tile business, which was in operation from 1910 through the 1930s. Through this ongoing public outreach, PMH is documenting for the first time the scope of the business and distribution of the tiles throughout North America.

Architectural historian Robert Winter, Ph.D., exhibition curator and author of the definitive book on Batchelder tile, explains that while these tiles were not inexpensive, they were affordable to people of more modest means, and thus “hundreds of homes in Southern California and, indeed, the rest of the United States and even Canada are endowed with beautiful Batchelder fireplaces and fountains.”

If you come across a Batchelder tile fireplace, fountain, or other type of installation, we would like to hear from you.
 
Please send photographs—the installation in full and closeups of each tile design—at the highest resolution possible; the address; and the date of the building to batchelder@pasadenahistory.org.
 
Alternatively, you can upload your photos using the form below.
 
Please note that this information is not shared with the public. Although we are developing a database for public use, no contact information or full addresses are disclosed. 
A close up of a colorful tiled wall.

Send us your Batchelder Tile Photos

Please provide any comments or observations with each item you upload. You may upload up to three images with this form. If you would like to send more, please send an email to batchelder@pasadenahistory.org