Madlener House, Chicago, Illinois, South Elevation

A work made of black and colored inks on linen.

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  • A work made of black and colored inks on linen.

Date:

1902

Artist:

Richard Ernest Schmidt
American, 1865-1958

About this artwork

The Madlener House demonstrates the variety of influences found in early Prairie School designs, breaking with the horizontal lines typical of much of the group’s work. The square brick massing recalls Schmidt’s own roots in 19th-century Germany as well as the German heritage of the clients. At the same time, Hugh Garden’s treatment for the facade references local influences, including Louis Sullivan’s famed floral ornament. Garden’s abstracted and planar ornament effectively modernized the ideals of the previous generation for a new era.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Richard Ernest Schmidt

Title

Madlener House, Chicago, Illinois, South Elevation

Origin

Chicago

Date

1902

Medium

Black and colored inks on linen

Dimensions

52.1 × 76 cm (20 1/2 × 29 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Schmidt, Garden and Erikson

Reference Number

1988.242.7

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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