A new map of historic Deutschtown made from tiles is now installed on the side of Rita’s at the corner of East Ohio Street and Cedar Avenue. It’s a striking work by Anders Anderson of Red Clay Tile Works.
When the forecast called for several rainless days, the guys from Polacci Tile jumped on the opportunity to install it, and a ribbon-cutting dedication is being planned.
The work is 8’ by 7’ and features a map inside a border of 24 landmarks in historic Deutschtown.
It was commissioned by the Deutschtown Merchants Association with assistance from the Northside Leadership Conference.
A volunteer panel oversaw the design and selected the buildings to highlight. The conference managed the process of contracts and installation.
“The map is part of a larger project to celebrate Deutschtown’s history,” said Mark Fatla, executive director of the Northside Leadership Conference. Pending review from the city solicitor, he said, a series of wappens — which are round signs “in the nature of German seals,” will be installed on city poles along East Ohio Street depicting historic people of Deutschtown.
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