Lunette and decorative panels
On View In:
Gallery 300
Artist:   Louis Henri Sullivan
Northwestern Terra Cotta Works (Norweta)  
Title:   Lunette and decorative panels  
Date:   1884-1885  
Medium:   Terracotta  
Credit Line:   Gift of the Department of Environmental Affairs  
Location:   Gallery 300  

Louis Sullivan designed these terracotta panels for the exterior of the Scoville Building in Chicago, one of the Adler and Sullivan firm's earliest commissions. It required them to remodel an existing Adler structure to accord with a new, much larger addition. The terracotta pieces shown here formed part of the organic decoration of stylized plants with which Sullivan tied the two buildings together. This lunette ornamented the arch above the windows of the top (fifth) story. It has an undulating design of ferns unfurling and would have complemented other organically-inspired terracotta pieces throughout the exterior. The decorative panels were placed between the fourth and fifth story windows.

Name:   Sullivan, Louis Henri  
Role:   Designer  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1856-1924  
Name:   Northwestern Terra Cotta Works (Norweta)  
Role:   Maker  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   Chicago, 1884-1956  

Object Description  
Classification:   Architecture  
Physical Description:   spandrel, tympanum and decorative panels from the Scoville Building, Chicago  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , Illinois, Chicago  
Accession #:   77.23.1  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts