The Checkerboard Floor

Hand Marbling the Checkerboard Floor

We recently spent a few Fridays at the Studio hand marbling a black and white checkerboard floor, continuing the original c. 1930 tiles (top) onto raw concrete (bottom).

Almost 100 years ago this lobby welcomed would-be railroad engineers to Hemphill Diesel Engineering School. When we moved in and took out a few unnecessary walls, we were left with tiles that ended abruptly in unfinished concrete. We knew we wanted to finish the concrete with the original black and white marbled motif, so full of character.

We collected raven feathers in Elysian Park and YouTubed marbling techniques, and with the help of a few good playlists and a lot of blue tape, we continued the black and white checkerboard, marbled with pinks and yellows.