On View: Decorative Art, 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
This cast aluminum ventilation cover is one of several from the main lobby of the Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta. After purchasing the building (originally built in 1893 as DeGive’s Grand Opera House) in the early 1930s, the Loew’s theater chain renovated the theater in the most up-to-date fashion according to designs by architect Thomas W. Lamb, one of the leading designers of American movie palaces. In 1939 the theater gained national renown as the site of the premiere of the film Gone with the Wind. When the building burned in 1978, architectural elements such as this were salvaged and sold. The donor purchased this grille on the demolition site.
20 1/16 x 43 9/16 x 1/2 in. (51 x 110.6 x 1.3 cm) (show scale)
Gift of John C. Copoulos
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Thomas W. Lamb (American, born Scotland, 1871-1942). Grille, ca. 1932. Aluminum, 20 1/16 x 43 9/16 x 1/2 in. (51 x 110.6 x 1.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John C. Copoulos, 2009.75. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2009.75.jpg)
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