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Architect's Sign

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Title:
Architect's Sign
Date: 
ca. 1837
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 40 x 25 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. ( 101.6 x 65.4 x 11.4 cm )
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Description: 

Rectangular wooden sign with wrought iron hooks for hanging; high relief applied wooden Greek portico affixed to both sides (one side missing); black painted ground and brown portico; gilded inscription across bottom.

Date End: 
1 837
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Thomas E. Snook, Jr.
Object Number: 
1953.197
Gallery Label: 

This trade sign, depicting the facade of a Greek temple, hung in front of the office of architect John Butler Snook (1815-1901), who established his firm in 1837. A largely self-taught architect, Snook played an instrumental role in developing the streetscape of downtown Manhattan. Among his notable buildings were the A.T. Stewart "Marble Palace" (1845-46), Grand Central Depot (1869-71), the Metropolitan Hotel (1849-52), as well as numerous private homes.

Date Begin: 
1837
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group