The Bethesda Terrace Arcade is the underground passageway to and from Central Park's Bethesda Terrace. The main feature of the Arcade is the Minton tile Ceiling. It is the only known example of Minton encaustic ceramic tiles used in a suspended ceiling.
The Arcade was designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould. The ceiling is made up of 15,876 elaborately pattered encaustic tiles, which were handmade by Minton and Company—a leading 19th century manufacturer in Stokes-on-Trent, England.
Completed in 1869, the Arcade was completely restored in early 2007. In January 2009, four vandals were caught defacing the restored Arcade with spray paint graffiti requiring a reported $100,000 to repair the damage.
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