Building 51 | Building 51 | late 19th or early 20th century patinated ornamental cast bronze gothic style university of chicago cobb hall wall-mount drinking fountain – winslow brothers, chicago, il.
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late 19th or early 20th century patinated ornamental cast bronze gothic style university of chicago cobb hall wall-mount drinking fountain – winslow brothers, chicago, il.

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Chicago Buildings

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exceptionally well-made and intricately designed late 19th or early 20th century american gothic style interior ornamental cast bronze wall-mount drinking fountain salvaged from cobb hall, located on the university of chicago campus. the completely intact solid bronze fountain was removed during the 1960’s. the finely cast water fountain features a highly detailed repeating quatrefoil band along the faceted apron. the pointed arch backsplash contains a deep relief drip molding surrounding intricately designed gothic tracery. the faceted base decreases in size incrementally, forming a series of steps along each side. fabricated by the winslow brothers foundry – as shown in a company catalog. the authentic patinated surface finish remains largely intact. the main campus of the university of chicago is located in the chicago neighborhoods of hyde park and woodlawn. the northern and southern portions of campus are separated by the midway plaisance, a large, linear park created for the 1893 world’s columbian exposition. the first buildings of the university of chicago campus, which make up what is now known as the main quadrangles, were part of a “master plan” conceived by two university of chicago trustees and plotted by chicago architect henry ives cobb. cobb hall, located on ellis ave. near 58th st., was the university’s first purpose-built structure. constructed like all cobb’s university buildings of blue-gray bedford cut limestone, cobb hall, named for the benefactor silas cobb, included a lecture hall on the first floor as well as offices and classrooms. the side of the building facing ellis ave. is divided into three pavilions, each with regular groups of rectangular windows which have transoms provided by horizontal stone mullions about one-third of the way from the top. at the outer edges of the end pavilions are projecting bays topped with gabled dormer windows. the elevation facing the quadrangle, which contains the entrance, is meant to be the principal facade. it is divided in the same fashion as the ellis st. front except that an entranceway flanked by great capped piers is substituted for the central pavilion. over the principal doorway is a two-story pointed window. the interior of the building has been remodeled several times. measures 18 x 18 1/2 x 10 inches.