About This Item
original late 1920’s american made historically significant nautical-themed figural wall-mount tile fabricated by the mosiac tile company, zanesville, oh. the designer of the tile is not known. the brightly colored baked enameled tile was salvaged from the lakeshore athletic club building completed in 1927. the backside of the baked red clay tile contains the “mtc” encircled monogram lightly incised into the surface. any and all mortar has been removed. slight surface crazing evident. the tile represents one in a series of seven used along the walls of the pool room. the historically important 19-story towering beax-arts style lakeshore athletic club building was designed by renowned chicago architect jarvis hunt in 1927. the extant chicago landmark is located on a prominent corner along the shores of lake michigan. the interior boasted a gargantuan marble-clad lobby, with ornamented bronze chandeliers and gilded plasterwork. in addition, the building contained stunning ballrooms, a reading room and a pool room bedecked with nautical-themed polychromatic enamel tiles found along the walls and floors surrounding the pool. in 1928, the lakeshore athletic club received national attention when it hosted the 1928 olympic swimming trials, where gold medalist and future holywood actor johnny weissmuller qualified for the olympic games being held in amsterdam. during the late 1970’s (and after falling into disrepair), the outdated building was purchased by northwestern university for use as a dormitory for their students for the next several years. after changing ownership again in 2008-9, the then-abandoned building received a major overhaul in preparation for conversion into luxury apartments.