Friday, April 10, 2009
New Franklin Building - II [Mural Tiles]
New Franklin Building..
Address: 720 S Dearborn Street ..
Year built: 1916
Architect: George C. Nimmons ..
Mural tiles: Chicago artist, Oskar Gross ..
Continued from the above post on New Franklin Building.. click here..
This post is mostly about the exterior ornamentaion on the building. The mural tiles are made by Chicago artist Oskar Gross.
The main mural over the entry is titled “The First Impression”. It depicts men working at the Gutenberg press. An inscription executed in terra cotta tile over the doorway reads, “The excellence of every art must consist in the complete accomplishment of its purpose.” Other picture tiles represent printing and publishing activities from Benjamin Franklin’s time..
For more on..
# New Franklin Building.. click here..
# Printing House Row District.. click here..