Building 51 | Building 51 | original and intact c. 1936 exterior oliver p. morton school beige slip glaze “sullivanesque” terra cotta facade corner panel – george grant elmslie, designer
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original and intact c. 1936 exterior oliver p. morton school beige slip glaze “sullivanesque” terra cotta facade corner panel – george grant elmslie, designer

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Non-Chicago Artifacts

About This Item

exceptionally well-designed american c. 1936 lower course band double-sided corner slip glaze terra cotta panel, salvaged from the oliver morton school located in hammond, in. the chicago prairie style school was constructed during 1936-1937. the chicago-based architect george grant elmslie, a disciple of frank lloyd wright and louis h. sullivan and a master of prairie-style architecture, designed the building’s terra cotta ornament alongside principal architect william hutton. the richly ornate terra cotta with a striking interplay between intricate organic leafage and geometric designs and/or shapes is comprised of natural clay with a beige slip glaze finish. fabricated by the northwestern terra cotta company with fritz albert as the clay modeler. the morton school was demolished in 1991.