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Over Window Ornaments from Scoville Building, Chicago (demolished 1978)

American Art

MEDIUM Terracotta, painted gray
DATES 1884
DIMENSIONS Other (lunette section): 21 x 26 x 8 3/4 in. (53.3 x 66 x 22.2 cm) Other (lunette hub section): 8 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 9 in. (21.6 x 36.8 x 22.9 cm) Other (rectangular over window spandrel): 29 x 17 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (73.7 x 45.1 x 24.1 cm)
CREDIT LINE Gift of the U.S. General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service, Environmental Affairs Division, Special Studies and Programs Office
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Terracotta window ornaments from Scoville Building, Chicago. Seven pieces total: set of 3 matching rectangular over window spandrels; one 4-piece lunette (with hub and 3 curved triangular sections). Built 1875; facade remodeling by Adler and Sullivan, 1884; demolished 1978. Condition (2011): Excellent. Some paint flaking, but otherwise terra cotta is in great condition. Two types, A and B: Lunette shaped: above window ornament with three curled trendrils emanating from shell shaped object at base. Made of 4 pieces: three pie-wedges with shell as a hub at center. Type B is a rectangular shaped above window ornament, with 3 sets of 2 spandrels. Each spandrel depicts a plant made of 3 stylized palmetto leaves emanating from a leafy base. Ornamentation located over windows on top floor of building facade. In all, there are 4 sets of 6 rectangular spandrels over 12 center windows (or 12 sets of 2); and 4 lunettes at each end, 1 each over 4 windows.
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