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Corning, New York: The Crystal City: Corning Street Names

This guide focuses on the glass-related history of the Corning, New York, and surrounding area, including local resources, special collections, and topics unique to Corning's glass history.

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Corning Street Names

In April 2003, many of Corning's streets and alleys were renamed after glass terms, including types of glass developed by Frederick Carder. The project was initiated as part of the county-wide address updates for the new 911 system. Explore the meanings of each street name below.

Additional street names and meanings will be added in the future.

Southside Neighborhood

Aurene Lane

Aurene is a type of ornamental glass with an iridescent surface made by spraying the glass with stannous chloride or lead chloride and reheating it under controlled atmospheric conditions. Aurene was developed by Frederick Carder at Steuben Glass Works in Corning, New York, in 1904.

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Burmese Lane

Burmese is type of translucent yellow-shading-to-pink Art Glass made by the Mt. Washington Glass Company in New Bedford, Massachusetts, between 1885 and about 1895. Burmese was also made by other companies, including Steuben Glass Works in the 20th century.

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Cintra Lane

Cintra is a type of decorative glass developed by Frederick Carder (1863-1963) at Steuben Glass Works in Corning, New York, before 1917. Most Cintra glass was made by picking up chips of colored glass on the parison and then casing them with a thin layer of (usually) colorless glass.

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Diatreta Lane (East)

Diatreta is a term used by Frederick Carder (1863-1963) to describe openwork objects that he made by lost wax casting.

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Dragon Lane (West)

Frederick Carder often used dragons as a decorative motif.

Find more examples of this motif by searching "dragon."

 

 

 

Image courtesy of the Carder Steuben Club.

Etruscan Lane (East)

Etruria was the site of an early glass industry in northern Italy. Frederick Carder named one of his engraving patterns Etruscan.

Find more examples of this motif by searching "etruscan."

 

 

 

Image courtesy of the Carder Steuben Club.

Engraved Lane (West)

The process of cutting into the surface of an annealed glass object either by holding it against a rotating copper wheel fed with an abrasive or by scratching it, usually with a diamond.

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Florentia Lane

Florentia is a decorative technique introduced by Frederick Carder in the 1920s.

Finial Lane

An ornamental knob.

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Glue Chip Lane (East)

“A texture created on the surface of cold glass by applying hot animal glue and allowing it to dry under controlled temperature and humidity conditions. As the glue dries and contracts, it chips the glass surface in a natural and attractive pattern, likened to frost on a window pane.” (Source: spectrumglass.com)

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Jade Lane (East)

Jade glass is made to look like jade, and comes in both green and other colors.

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Intarsia Lane (East)

From Italian intarsio, “marquetry.” Intarsia is a type of glass developed by Frederick Carder (1863-1963) about 1920. A design of colored glass was applied to a parison of a different color, then flashed with a second parison of the same color as the first.

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Heliotrope Lane

Heliotrope is a type of purple glass used by Frederick Carder.

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of the Carder Steuben Club.

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Northside Neighborhood

Crystal Lane

Crystal is a popular term for colorless lead glass, which has a high refractive index and consequently is particularly brilliant. In the United Kingdom, glass described as crystal must contain a defined percentage of lead oxide. Today, the word is often used to describe any fine glass tableware.

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Flint Avenue (East)

Flint is a misnomer for English and American lead glass. The term came into use in 1674, when George Ravenscroft’s new glass formula included ground, calcined flint as a source of silica. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the term was applied to decolorized glass, even when it contained no flint.

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​Marbelite Lane

Marbelite glass was developed by Frederick Carder for lighting globes.

Scroll to page 68 of this digitized notebook to see Frederick Carder's recipe for "white for marbelite" glass.

Moss Agate Lane

Moss Agate is a variety of Art Glass developed by John Northwood (1836-1902) and Frederick Carder (1863- 1963) in England in the late 1880s. It was made by casing a parison of soda-lime glass with colorless lead glass, then covering it with powdered glass of several colors, and casing it again with lead glass. The object was shaped and reheated, after which cold water was injected into it, causing the soda-lime glass to develop a network of fine cracks.

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Tyrian Lane

Tyrian is one of the rarest decorations created by Frederick Carder. It is an opaque glass that shades from green to bluish purple. The shading was developed by having the gaffer reheat the piece several times in the glory hole. The longer this heating continued, the deeper the purplish color became.

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Houghton Plot

Pyrex Street

Pyrex is a type of borosilicate glass perfected in 1915 by W. C. Taylor and Eugene Sullivan of Corning Glass Works in Corning, New York. Pyrex rods can be used in flameworking.

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