Section of a frieze
On View In:
Gallery 300
Artist:   George Grant Elmslie  
Title:   Section of a frieze  
Date:   1916  
Medium:   Polychromed glazed terra-cotta  
Dimensions:   10 x 10 x 21 in. (25.4 x 25.4 x 53.34 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of The Security State Bank, Hector Minnesota, through the auspices of Mr. David Spreiter  
Location:   Gallery 300  

These decorative terra-cotta tiles for the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Hector, Minnesota were designed by George Grant Elmslie in his own style of organic ornamentation, developed during twenty years as Louis Sullivan's chief draftsman. Stylized plant forms combined with geometric patterns, repeated throughout the facade, separate the brick lower level from the light stucco second story. This section was removed in 1970 when the bank was remodeled.

Name:   Elmslie, George Grant  
Role:   Designer  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American (born Scotland), 1869-1952  
Role:   Manufacturer  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   Terra Cotta, Illinois, 1881-1929  

Object Description  
Classification:   Architecture  
Physical Description:   Decorative Frieze from old Farmers and Merchants Bank, Hector Minnesota; terra cotta  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   73.18  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts