S & S Solon and Schemmel Tile Company
S & S Solon Schemmel San Jose Tile California Art Deco Spanish Revival
Albert Solon (1887-1949) immigrated from England to the U.S. in 1912. He studied at San Jose Normal School (later San Jose State University). He was employed as the pottery director at Arequipa Sanatorium in Fairfax, a ceramic therapy program for tuberculosis patients, before moving to San Jose and teaching ceramics at the San Jose Normal School.
In 1920, he joined with Schemmel to found S&S tiles Solon designed the tiles and Schemmel headed the business. Both men lived in Willow Glen during the 1930s and 40s. Their work for Willow Glen sites included Willow Glen Theater (demolished)) and the façades of homes on Telfer Avenue, Kotenberg Avenue and Willow Glen Way.Schemmel retired in 1936 and Solon joined up with Paul Larkin. They changed the company name to Solon & Larkin