Thomas Maddocks Sons Company (American Metro)
Hamilton Township, NJ
The Thomas Maddocks’ Sons Company building is significant as the last and most modern sanitary pottery manufacturing plant erected in the vicinity of Trenton, New Jersey, historically a major center for pottery production in the United States. Thomas Maddocks, the company’s founder, was an innovator and leader in the establishment of the U.S. sanitary pottery industry in the late 19th century.
The project included the selective removal of modern additions to reveal the original 1924-1925 building, a reduction of approximately 50% of the building footprint. As historical consultant, Suzanna Barucco, Principal, sbk + partners, LLC, consulted with the building owner, tenants, architects and contractors on the interpretation and application of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and succesfully shepherded the project through the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit process. The site was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Significant aspects of the project included reconstruction of original exterior walls, replacement of steel windows with historically appropriate aluminum units, stablization and integration of portions of the original kiln structutres into the final project, and interior fit-outs for multiple tenant occupancy.