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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Designed by Louis Henry Sullivan, American (Boston, MA 1856 - 1924 Chicago, IL)
Star pod from the proscenium arch of the Garrick Theatre in Chicago
Architectural Elements
Work Type
architectural element
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Plaster, painted gold
70.1 x 69.9 x 2.7 cm (27 5/8 x 27 1/2 x 1 1/16 in.)
framed: 79.9 x 80 x 6.3 cm (31 7/16 x 31 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: back of frame, yellow chalk: 17989A


Recorded Ownership History
Commission on Chicago Architectural Landmarks, Chicago, IL; gift to the Fogg Art Museum, 1965.

The Commission (with the Chicago Chapters of the Society of Architectural Historians) was part of the Joint Committee on the Preservation of the Garrick Building Ornament. They and the World Book Encyclopedia undertook to distribute pieces from the building when it was demolished.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift through the Commission on Chicago Architectural Landmarks
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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The building, designed by the firm of Adler and Sullivan, was originally named the Schiller Theatre after Friedrich Schiller, the German playwright; it was then briefly known as the Dearborn Theatre (from 1898-1903); and finally, in 1903 it was renamed the Garrick Theatre. The Garrick Theatre was destroyed in 1961.

Publication History

  • Paul Sprague, "Adler & Sullivan's Schiller Building", The Prairie School Review (1965), II,2 (Second Quarter, 1965)
  • [Reproduction only], "Some Recent Acquisitions", Fogg Art Museum Acquisitions, 1965, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1966)., repr. p. 74

Exhibition History

  • Craft Into Art, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 01/11/1975 - 03/08/1975
  • The Persistence of Memory: Continuity and Change in American Cultures, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/29/1995 - 05/13/2001
  • HAA 1 Survey Course: Landmarks of World Art and Architecture [Spring 2007], Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/26/2007 - 04/08/2007
  • HAA 1 Survey Course (S421): Landmarks of World Art and Architecture [Spring 2009], Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/12/2009 - 05/10/2009
  • HAA 1 Survey Course (S421): Landmarks of World Art and Architecture (Spring 2010), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/05/2010 - 05/09/2010

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