Pilaster Capital, One of Six, from the Bayard-Condict Building, 65 Bleecker Street, NYC

Artist:Louis Henry SullivanSilas Alden CondictPerth Amboy Terra Cotta Company, Perth Amboy, NJ

Medium: Terracotta

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Dimensions: 28 x 36 x 36 in. (71.1 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm)


Accession Number: 64.260.3

Catalogue Description:
Pilaster capitals, set of six. The capitals, which consist of clustered and intertwining scrolls, leaves, grapes, etc., originally topped octagonal columns on the storefront level and seemed to pierce the angled glass panels that formed the top of the show window. There were originally twelve capitals in all, four on each of the three columns. The glass storefront was mostly covered up by cinderblock and plaster in the 1940s (apparently in order to weatherproof the glass storefront), and then completely removed during a 1964 renovation, with six of the twelve capitals coming to the Brooklyn Museum. In 2002 the glass storefront facade was restored with reproductions of the original capitals produced by Boston Valley Terra Cotta of Hamburg, NY.

Brooklyn Museum