Welcome to Fonthill

04May11

Back in March two friends and I went on a field trip to Fonthill Castle and the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works in Doylestown, PA. Each equipped with a camera we had a fun time catching up with one another while shooting the weird but wonderful former home of Henry Chapman Mercer and adjacent Tile Works. Built by Mercer during the height of the Arts and Crafts Movement, it is uniquely constructed from poured concrete and decorated throughout with elaborate tiles. There are 44 rooms, 200 windows, 18 fireplaces and 10 bathrooms. Both Fonthill Castle and the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tour of the castle interior was quite interesting but photography was not allowed. In addition to the odd cement construction and story-telling tiles throughout there were many prints and other artifacts once collected by Mercer on display. After the tour we went to the Tile Works where we were allowed to photograph indoors. Handmade tiles are still being produced here in a manner similar to that developed by Mercer who directed the Tile Works from 1898 until his death in 1930. I have chosen a few of the many photographs shot that day and processed them in an effort to reflect the strange quality I found in the place.

'Welcome to Fonthill' © Denise Bush

'Fonthill Tree' © Denise Bush

'Entering Fonthill' © Denise Bush

'Fonthill Detail' © Denise Bush

'Fire Starter' © Denise Bush

'Kitchen Still Life' © Denise Bush

'Tile Works View' © Denise Bush

'No. 187510' © Denise Bush

'Departing Fonthill' © Denise Bush



4 Responses to “Welcome to Fonthill”

  1. A lovely series of photos Denise that tell and show what a lovely place Fonthill is. Thanks

  2. 2 denisebushphoto

    Thanks Kathleen — You should take a trip there. It’s a fun place to shoot. The Mercer Museum is also nearby. — Denise

  3. 3 Mike Pillows

    Love the Fonthill Tree shot. The DOF and low perspective really make this one stand out. I think John Barkley runs a WS there and they can shoot inside. Great post.

  4. 4 Terry Wilson

    Yeah the tree is wonderful. I’ve never been there, but now I want to go.


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