Northwestern Terra Cotta Company

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Northwestern Terra Cotta Company was Chicago's largest manufacturer of architectural terra cotta. With headquarters at 1750 Wrightwood Avenue in Chicago, NWTC operated from ca. 1877 until its last factory, located in Denver, closed its doors in 1965. The firm was a leader in development of the architectural terra cotta industry and provided building elements for numerous Chicago buildings, including the Wrigley Building, Chicago Theatre, and Civic Opera House.

From the description of Northwestern Terra Cotta Company records, ca. 1880-1970. (Chicago History Museum). WorldCat record id: 713908111

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Architectural Terra Cotta Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Gladding, McBean and Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Hottinger, Gustav, 1848-1929. person
associatedWith Kristiansen, Grace, person
associatedWith National Terra Cotta Society. corporateBody
associatedWith New York Architectural Terra-Cotta Company (Long Island City, New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Red Wing Potteries. corporateBody
associatedWith Wrigley Building (Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Chicago (Ill.)
United States
Terra-cotta--19th century
Building--19th century
Designers--19th century
Terra-cotta sculpture
Decoration and ornament, Architectural--20th century
Building--20th century
Designers--20th century
Terra-cotta industry--20th century
Decoration and ornament, Architectural--19th century
Decoration and ornament, Architectural
Terra-cotta--20th century
Terra-cotta industry--19th century

Corporate Body

Active 1892

Active 1921



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SNAC ID: 10169931