In April, Aileen Barr walked across the stage at Coverings in Chicago, IL, to accept the grand prize for a tiled project. The grandiose 100-year-old staircase leading up to San
Francisco’s Lincoln Park—completed in conjunction
with Doty Tile and Snyder Tile—takes inspiration
from the Arts and Crafts movement and Art Deco,
blossoming up the riser of the stairs with a vibrant
bouquet of flora. The artwork was created by
hand—each piece lovingly crafted by Barr herself—
and flanked by square filler tiles produced by
Fireclay and Heath Ceramics.
The project was made possible through the purchase of donor tiles within the artwork, and sponsor-ship from the San Francisco Parks Alliance and the
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, as
well as by a grant from the City of San Francisco.
We sat down with Barr to discuss the trials and
tribulations of creating a tiled masterpiece for one of
San Francisco’s historic icons.
interiors+sources: Will you speak a little more
about the project and how you became involved?
AILEEN BARR: The staircase itself is located at the
By Kadie Yale | Photography by Anna Yatroussis
IN UNUSUAL SPACES
Artist Aileen Barr’s Lincoln Park Tiled Stairway in San Francisco
incorporates traditional tile squares into her stunning design.
TOP The bench at
the top of the stairs,
finished in 2010,
features art tile
created by artist
Aileen Barr, and
flanked by Heath
RIGHT + ACROSS
The project was
paid for in part
by donor tiles
purchased by the
donor tile was
inscribed with the
name or dedication
of the sponsor, and
blended into the