Embossed metal panels are one of the best ways to give your ceiling a classic vintage look. Especially due to the fact that these types of ceilings date back to the late 1800s, there are a number of buildings in the United States with tin ceilings that have withstood the test of time. Let’s take a closer look at two of the most famous buildings in the nation that have embossed tin plate ceilings.
Fort Baker Hotel: San Francisco, CA
Fort Baker was an army post in the early 20th century, boasting embossed metal-pressed ceilings in a number of different buildings, from barracks to officers’ housings to headquarters. The beautiful and intricate designs of the metal ceilings at Fort Baker are one of the most well known aspects of the post’s architecture.
Construction began about 7 years ago to rehabilitate the post into a hotel. The ceilings at this time had just hit the 100 year mark and had been painted so many times that the details were lost. The renewal of these panels involved fully removing them, cleaning off many different coats of paint, and repainting them. The end result is absolutely stunning, and the original designs of these ceiling plates now shine through.
Brick Row Building: Morgantown, WV
The Brick Row Building in Morgantown was originally an apartment building where the famous architect Elmer Jacobs lived in the early 1890s. The Brick Row has taken on a new role in the past century as the primary bar and music venue of the town. In particular, the building’s tin ceilings, which were installed in 1921, have been renovated over the course of the past two decades. The high tin ceilings of the building were uncovered and repaired in the late 1990s.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of both of these historic buildings is the fact that their original tin ceilings have been so expertly renovated and restored, showcasing the original designs that made them so special at the time they were installed. Nowadays, companies like Metal Ceiling Express work to recreate the feel of the tin ceilings of ages past.