Building 51 | Building 51 | early 1870’a american victorian era exterior hand carved decorative limestone springer block building window lunette or header – peter b. wright, architect
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early 1870’a american victorian era exterior hand carved decorative limestone springer block building window lunette or header – peter b. wright, architect

51-19852-14

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Chicago Buildings

About This Item

rare early chicago exterior hand carved solid limestone window lunette salvaged from the springer block building prior to demolition by three oaks wrecking in 1990. the fanciful american victorian era window header or lunette was carved or sculpted by james legge in 1872 for the springer block, constructed shortly after the great chicago fire. the four-story loft style commercial building was a typical example of post-chicago fire architecture, where abstract plant forms were often incised in limestone keystones, lunettes, cornices and the like. the springer block building was designed and built by the chicago partnership of carter, drake and wight. the lunette was located above the windows on the fourth floor of the loft building. an identical lunette is on permanent display at the art institute of chicago museum. the stone lunette measures 38 x 19 x 6 inches.