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Architectural fragment
  • Architectural fragment
    Elmslie, George Grant, born 1871 - died 1952
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Architectural fragment

  • Place of origin:

    North America (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1936 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Elmslie, George Grant, born 1871 - died 1952 (designer)
    Albert, Fritz (modeller)
    Midland Terracotta Company (casters (people))

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Cathers and Dembrosky Gallery

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This terracotta architectural fragment was originally part of the modelling on the Thomas A. Edison School in Hammond, Indiana, USA, one of two schools designed by George Grant Elmslie for the architectural office of Hutton & Son. The other building being the Oliver P. Morton School. The building from which this fragment was taken, the Thomas A. Edison School, was built in 1936/7 but was demolished in 1991, and this fragment taken from a frieze or cornice panel was salvaged at this time. The terracotta for the school was designed by Elmslie, modelled by Fritz Albert, and cast by the Midland Terracotta Company of Chicago.

Physical description

Architectural fragment, ca. 19 x 10 x 4in terracotta panel, part of a decorative frieze from the Edison School, Hammond, Indiana; 2 identical compartments with stylised leaves and strapwork.

Place of Origin

North America (made)


ca. 1936 (made)


Elmslie, George Grant, born 1871 - died 1952 (designer)
Albert, Fritz (modeller)
Midland Terracotta Company (casters (people))

Materials and Techniques



Length: 48.26 cm approx., Width: 10 in approx., Depth: 4 in approx.

Object history note

Designed for the Thomas A. Edison School, Hammond, Indiana, USA. Built in 1936-7; demolished 1991. Given by Beth Cathers and Robert Kaplan. New York in 2003.

Descriptive line

Architectural fragment, terracotta, designed by George Grant Elmslie, North America, ca. 1936

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Paul Kruty and Ronald E. Schmitt, George G. Elmslie. Architectural Ornament from the Edison and Morton Schools Hammond, Indiana, University of Illinois, 1998.
The International Art and Design Fair 1900-2001, New York, 2001, p. 36.

Subjects depicted

Strapwork; Leaf (plant material)


Sculpture; Architecture; Architectural fittings; Scotland


Sculpture Collection

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