Building 51 | Building 51 | depression era nortown theater lobby gold leaf cast plaster column capital with spread-winged eagle – decorators supply co., chicago, il.
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depression era nortown theater lobby gold leaf cast plaster column capital with spread-winged eagle – decorators supply co., chicago, il.

51-17721-13

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Chicago Theatres

About This Item

largely intact original american depression era interior nortown theater lobby three-sided cast plaster pilaster capital featuring unusual “comedy” and “tragedy” crescent moons. the deeply embossed highly stylized acanthus leaves surround a centrally located intricately designed spread-winged. the reinforced horse hair plaster ornament was likely fabricated by the decorators supply co., chicago, il. the atmospheric nortown theater was designed and built in 1931 by architect j.e.o. pridmore and the paschen brothers as general contractors. containing over 2000 seats, the auditorium was modeled after the mediterranean region of europe, with an italian courtyard overlooking the sea. the walls gave off an illusion of a seascape and garden scene containing the exteriors of villas with tile rooftops. the audience was seated in full view of the ocean, with lighthouse effect and ships passing in the offing. the nortown was considered the first theater given a pronounced marine treatment. the auditorium ceiling was designed to emulate an “april constellation,” with astronomy professor j.c. penn of the armour institute, commissioned to arrange the stars in their proper places to insure an authentic layout. located in chicago, the theater was torn down in 2007. urban remains salvaged the interior and exterior ornament for nearly half a year. older gold enameled finish. structurally sound and intact. measures 28 x 22 x 9 inches. – See more at: http://www.urbanremainschicago.com/all-original-american-depression-era-interior-nortown-theater-lobby-gold-leaf-cast-plaster-column-capital-with-spread-winged-eagle.html#sthash.XaoYmeDk.dpuf