Fonthill Castle

This castle was built by Henry Chapman Mercer and completed in 1912.

Mercer was an entrepreneur with many pursuits including archaeology and ceramics. He gained his wealth by introducing Moravian Tiles to America.

He built a factory here in Pennsylvania and Moravian tile was very popular in the US during the Arts and Crafts Movement.


Special about this castle: Mercer accumulated his wealth by making Moravian pottery and tiles. They were very popular in his time. If you are a fan of pottery and tile work this castle is a definite must visit. It has tile and pottery works throughout and right next door is the Moravian pottery factory which is also open to the public. You can buy tiles there and see how it is made.

The Castle is built of poured reinforced concrete.

The Moravian Tile factory is still in operation today and right next door to Fonthill Castle. I have pictures and more information about it here: Moravian Tile Factory

The Tile factory is right next door and it also has parking. You can park at either the castle or the factory, tour that one then walk over to the other. The walk is maybe 200 yards.

The castle is now a museum and you can take guided tours. Check out their website for days and times of the tours.

If you are interested in Moravian Tile and how it is made I have a couple of books for you to consider at the bottom of the page.

Fonthill Castle


Fonthill Castle side


Fonthill Castle One side


The Carriage House

Lucy is the horse that uplifted the concrete in the building of Fonthill Castle.

The Weather Vane

One of the things I like the most about this castle is the approaching road. It is lined on both sides with beautiful trees. This next picture shows it.

Line of trees approaching the castle




Henry Chapman Mercer and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works -

Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930) was one of the leading figures of the Arts and Crafts Movement in America. His unique ceramic murals, pavings, and sculptural reliefs were of great importance to the reform of architectural decoration early in the twentieth century.

This book documents all of Mercer's catalogued tile designs as well as his art pottery and the subjects of his major themes. The bibliography includes all of Mercer's publications in his several fields of interest and comprehensive lists of the literature about him, his work, and the ceramic art of his times.

Creating Custom Art Tiles: The Moravian Method - This easy to follow how-to guide shows you step by step how to create your own unique raised relief art tiles using the 'slip blanket' method developed by Henry Chapman Mercer, founder of The Moravian Tile Works in the late 1800's. Dozens of (b/w) photos plus practical tips guide you through every step of the process, including how to make a plaster mold of your finished piece. Begin creating your own custom art tiles today--Here's how!

















































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