Ornament in Architecture (2)

After the discussion about the role of ornament in architecture, I was pleased to discover that the Art Institute of Chicago displays fragments of historic ornament on the walls of its entrance staircase, including a capital from H.H. Richardson’s Marshall Field Wholesale Store (1885-6):-

A grille from the interior of Burnham and Root’s Rookery:-

A column from Adler and Sullivan’s Schiller Building (demolished 1961):-

The elevator grille’s from Adler and Sullivan’s Chicago Stock Exchange (demolished 1972):-

And, most amazingly, a panel from Louis Sullivan’s Gage Building (1898-1899):-


One thought on “Ornament in Architecture (2)

  1. Oliver Domeisen says:

    Once again a treasure trove of architectural gems! The elevator grille from the Stock Exchange, which to a contemporary eye looks like a molecular model from the atomic age, is apparently inspired by an abacus representing the trading activities of the building. Identical grilles rescued from the demolished building have found interesting new homes: One marks the entrance to Paul Rudolph’s Yale School of Architecture, another hangs on the walls of the V&A’s Metalwork Gallery.

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