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SOHO Chosen as Tile Heritage Hub

Cover of our March 2008 Tile Tour booklet.

The Tile Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization, dedicated to promoting an awareness and appreciation of ceramic surfaces in the United States. The organization has become a major voice in the preservation of existing installations of rare and unusual ceramic surfaces while enhancing the visability of contemporary tile work as well.

Tile Hubs are designated locations throughout the United States where people can go to talk tile and to seek information about local tile installations. Joseph Taylor of the Foundation wrote us after he and cofounder Sheila Menzies presented the historic tile of San Diego portion of the 2008 preservation weekend and said, "Wow, what a tile treat you and your crew provided the folks of San Diego. In all the years we have held tile symposiums around the country, I can't remember a time when more local people showed up to share in the experience. I was taken aback when the adobe church filled to capacity, and then to find the two trolleys packed as well. I can only wonder how many people you turned away! Thanks so much for including us."

The Foundation was so impressed with the level of interest here that SOHO was invited to become a Tile Hub. Joe further stated, "We require that a Tile Hub have a map or list of installations, and you certainly have that. Plus you have your vast assortment of tile books and catalogs for people to browse through and purchase and that a tile hub is basically a place where people can go to find out about local tile installations.

We ask that SOHO members email us photos and locations of historic tile installations that you know of so that they may be added to our online tile hub.

2008 - Volume 39, Issue 1/2


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