American, 1867 - 1956
Plate designed for the Midway Gardens, Chicago, 1914
H. 6 1/4 x W. 9 3/4 in.
In 1914, Frank Lloyd Wright designed Chicago’s Midway Gardens, an elaborate outdoor complex modeled after a German beer garden. Using patterned concrete blocks, Wright devised a block-long structure with an interior courtyard that served as a summer gathering place for dining, dancing, and concerts. Unfortunately, the garden and most of its Wright-designed furnishings were destroyed in 1929. This simply decorated oval plate is one of the few pieces to survive.