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diminutive early 20th century american prairie school exterior building facade white glazed terra cotta panel designed and fabricated by the midland terra cotta co., chicago, il. the ornament borrows heavily from the design motifs conceived of by draftsman george grant elmslie, under the guidance of louis sullivan. the single panel was originally mounted as an endcap on a chicago area building – now demolished. the “sullivanesque” terra cotta block has been cut down (i.e., the rear cavities have been removed), greatly reducing the weight and making the panel more “wall-friendly.” midland terra cotta produced a substantial amount of “sullivanesque” terra cotta ornament used to dress up buildings designed by lesser-known architects. the company was established in 1910 and was bought out by the american terra cotta company in 1938. measures 7 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches.