At the Mercer Museum, a concrete castle built by renowned tile-maker Henry Mercer in the early 20th century. He built the castle to house his enormous collection of early American tools and everyday objects to educate future generations of life before the Industrial revolution. In Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Mercer Museum, Doylestown PA one of three buildings that form the legacy of Henry Chapman Mercer, an eccentric historian, architect, anthropologist and archaeologist devoted to tile making. The four-story museum houses Mercer’s collection of tools, representing more than 60 crafts and 50,000 objects created before the age of steam.
Fonthill, built between 1908 and 1910, is a testament to Henry Mercer's vivid imagination. He designed it, "room by room, from the interior, the exterior not being considered until all the rooms had been imagined and sketched," Mercer wrote. The result was spectacular. The structure is distinctly etched in the historically significant architecture of Doylestown, Pennsylvania and the collective memory of generations of visitors.