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Fonthill, Mercer Museum, and Moravian Pottery and Tile Works

Doylestown, Pennsylvania
County of Bucks.
Court Street and Swamp Road; Pine and Ashland Streets
National Register Number: 85002366
Resource type: District.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling.
Congressional District: PA-8 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Museums.
Web Site: www.mercermuseum.org.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 4, 1985):
These three sites are associated with Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), antiquarian, designer of Arts-and-Crafts ceramics, and a visionary architect who was one of the first designers to work with reinforced concrete as a building material.

The building of the Pottery and Tile Works is concrete but contains no expansion joints, which has led to deterioration, spalling and stress cracks from freeze-thaw cycles. The landmark applied for and received a 2003 Save America's Treasures matching grant in the amount of $240,000 from the federal government to repair the damage.

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