Tile Heritage Award, 2009
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Tile Heritage Award
In November 2009 the Tile Heritage Foundation presented Dr. Robert Winter, the celebrated architectural historian, with the Tile Heritage Award, an honorary tribute conferred by the Foundation’s board of directors to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the tile world. The award itself, an 8” x 8” custom tile produced especially for Dr. Winter by Steve Moon at the Tile Restoration Center in Seattle, commemorates the 100th anniversary of Ernest Batchelder’s house, where Winter has resided since the early 1970s. A detailed illustration of Batchelder’s bungalow by Marie Glasse Tapp and her daughter Delia Tapp, the founders of the Tile Restoration Center, was incised in clay from which the award tile was produced.
Dr. Winter, his numerous titles and publications aside, has personally done more than most to preserve and promote the heritage of tiles in Southern California and well beyond. He serves as the respected voice representing the legacy of Ernest Batchelder, arguably among the most innovative—some would say revolutionary—tile makers of the 20th century. A responsible custodian of the house for almost forty years, Bob has established a museum out back where his collection of Batchelder tiles is on display, and he has willingly opened his home to countless tile and Arts & Crafts enthusiasts over the years.
Bob’s care of the Batchelder legacy and his willingness to share his knowledge and his residence with others embrace the spirit of Tile Heritage, which is dedicated to promoting an awareness and appreciation of ceramic surfaces. We salute Dr. Winter with our sincere thanks, honoring him with the Tile Heritage Award.