Elevator Transom Grille from Chicago Stock Exchange Building

Elevator Transom Grille from Chicago Stock Exchange Building

c. 1893
Designer
Louis Henry Sullivan, American, 1856-1924
Born: Boston, MA
Work Locations: Chicago, IL
Dankmar Adler, American, 1844-1900
Born: Germany
Work Locations: Chicago, IL
Manufacturer
Winslow Brothers Co.
Work Locations: Chicago, IL
Active Dates: 1887-1921
Locale
Chicago, IL
Country
United States
elevator, grate
Wrought iron
Gift of Jean P. Lehmann and Raymond E. Nelson
2015.662

Louis Henry Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, Elevator Transom Grille from Chicago Stock Exchange Building, about 1893. Wrought iron; 15 x 66 3/4 in. Manufactured by Winslow Brothers Company, Chicago. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Jean P. Lehmann and Raymond E. Nelson, 2015.662.

Dimensions
height: 15 in, 38.1000 cm; length: 66 3/4 in, 169.545 cm
Department
Architecture and Design
Collection
Architecture and Design

Louis Sullivan described the spheres within the design of this elevator grillwork as an abstract interpretation of a seed, an homage to the Chicago Exchange, the nation’s largest agricultural stock exchange at the time. Sullivan believed that all ornament should be derived from natural sources and reflect nature’s underlying geometries.  

Known Provenance
Purchased about 1972 by Virginia Payne Lehmann; inherited 1990 by Jean Lehmann; gifted 2015 by Jean Lehmann and Raymond Nelson to the Denver Art Museum.
Exhibition History
  • “By Design: Stories and Ideas Behind Objects” — Denver Art Museum, 10/24/2021 – 12/31/2022