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Nortown theater Chicago, Art Deco panels CHOICE OF: D5, D6, or D7

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Seller: urbansculptures (832) 100%, Location: Iowa, Ships to: US, Item: 272154627661 Inspired by large panels on the razed... Nortown Theater Chicago ~ I present ~ Art Deco Frieze Panels Nr D5, D6 & D7 Modelled by Randall Randall is an art scholarship recipient of Iowa Central Community College. Your choice of ONE of three designs as shown below be sure to let me know WHICH design you want, D5- Art Deco design, D6- Comedy mask, or D7- Tragedy mask. Sample of model D5 interior cast in the Old Dirty Nickel finish; > Urban Sculptures is pleased to provide 6 of these panels for an Art Deco theatre restoration and renovation project in Dell Rapids, S.D. Shown below before shipping: Patrons of the Dell theatre on East 4th street will be able to see the assembled frieze between the poster cabinets in the lobby. Please specify WHICH of the three you would like and which finish you would like on it. The Nortown Theater was located at 6320 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL and was designed by J.E.O. Pridmore in 1931, the theater was demolished in the summer of 2007. On the facade there was a frieze band on the ground floor composed of 4 different panels assembled in a set about 17 feet long. There were 5 sets total. The sets consisted of 3 panels with this design 31" wide, 21" high, 5-6" deep alternated with a "tragedy" and a "comedy" mask, and capped on both ends with a square geometric block. Thus, there were only 15 panels with this design and 5 each of the masks made, most were salvaged and sold by an antique firm in Chicago for $750 and a hefty price of $1850 respectively. My model is a smaller more apartment/modern home friendly size-weight of 21-1/2" wide and 13-3/4" high 1 to 2" deep, and will come with a heavy hook on the back ready to hang on the wall- try THAT with a 150# original! After this first panel, I modelled the other two panels with the tragedy and comedy masks, thus, the series of three of these panels are completed and available individually or as a set. The 4th panel with only a simple circle and a couple of squares was not worth recreating. It's curtains for Nortown; 2 smaller cinemas to take place of oldChicago Sun-Times, Aug 4, 2007 by Teresa Sewell The old Nortown Theater is finally coming down. The grand movie house hasn't featured a film since 1990, but the building -- famous for its striking seahorse, mermaid and zodiac motifs -- has stood its ground at 6320 N. Western since 1931. Some are sad to see it go. "When I was a kid," said Thomas Mckenna, who worked as an usher in the 1970s, "it was the best theater in the neighborhood." The plan to replace it with two small theaters to show films for Pakistani and Indian audiences, condominiums and retail shops has been under way for weeks. --------- Demolition of the Nortown began in 2007. Amrit Patel, who owns several Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins locations, wants to build a 70-unit, six-story condo building on the site. Reportedly, the complex will contain two small theatres that will show Indian and Pakistani films. Originally, Patel wanted to preserve the building, but said the numbers “just didn’t work.” -- Below are some studio photos of my orginal clay model during it's various creation and finishing stages. These clay models are NOT molded copies taken off antiques, but were hand sculpted by Randall in the same style and configurations as 19th century and Art Deco architectural sculptures. Molds made of my clay models enable clients to purchase cast-stone or concrete casts of my models for wall decoration, garden or incorporating into a brick wall in new construction in a variety of finishes. Below; The completed master clay model No D5 with a scale showing approximate size in inches. Below; the clay master model almost finish on the easel in the studio Panel D6 Panel D7 Beginning with a wood box form larger than the finished size I want, some 90 pounds ofclay was pressed into it; Please read the entire auction page, it contains details on finishes, shipping and many answers to the more common questions people have Hand cast replicas of my sculpture are available in interior cast-stone in your choice of several finishes. HISTORY CONTINUED This ornaments on the building were probably made by the major company that supplied much of these to architects in Chicago- Midland Terra Cotta Co They were hand pressed clay, fired in a huge kiln heated by dirty coal, it was then transported to the building. Soon, with architects like Sullivan, Wright and others came the more streamlined facades, the Art Deco period, taller, wider and having only accents here and there on the facade, and finally the entire architectural terra cotta industry as it existed- over 100 companies built up solely around the concept of decorating building facades- were largely gone and defunct by WWll Ebay doesn't allow direct url linking to html pages, but you can copy/paste these two resources for photos and history; Two photos courtesy of BWchicago on flickr are below, and used with his stated 'creative commons' license; > The sculpture is a wall hanging piece and comes with a bar hook embedded in the back. It really is a charming and very interesting piece of Art Deco. SIZE: Nominal 13-3/4" high by 21-1/2" wide at the top, 2" deep. Each panel weighs approx 28# and ships in a WOOD crate at approx 48# Randall Beside the first completed Nortown theater model The second model (D6) in this series of three has been completed; D6 clay model, and D5 unfinished cast together showing howthe panels can be used in any width, alternating the panels. Remember- a third panel is also available. NEW, For information purposes, to come by the end of December 2014:I am working on producing these sculptures the manner of the 1890s-1930s era originals my work is based on, that is to say- genuine hand pressed, kiln fired terracotta made exactly the same way they were in the 1890s-1930s. This is an exciting development of expanding into this new line of top quality durable kiln fired terracotta. Each hand pressed cast must be carefully dried over about three weeks, and hand detailed just as they did in the 1890s-1930s, of course production is much slower, and the hand labor is considerably more than the interior cast stone is, this will be reflected in the terracotta line's price. Each of the terracotta sculptures are personally signed, numbered and dated works of art. Please note that hand pressed is NOT the same as the much cheaper, paper-thin slip casting method used to produce teapots, china plates, bowls and ceramic pieces! The two processes are similar only in that both use a complicated plaster mold, the difference between slip casting ceramics and hand-pressing clay is- the slip is simply poured into the mold like a plaster cast, let set a while, drained and removed just like a plaster cast. Slip casting is a condensation process, with the clay particles condensing by gravity, slip castings are usually very weak, very thin, and easy to break, this process is used for mass production. Hand-pressed clay involves real work, physically taking the moist clay and both pressing and ramming small amounts of it at a time into the plaster mold, pressing and working it in to remove air and squeeze the clay into all of the fine details. As the sculpture is built up to the top surface of the mold it is then levelled off on the back and hollowed out by hand, leaving the clay walls about 3/4 inch to one inch thick. Hand-pressed work is not a condensation process, the clay is physically compressed into a very dense shell by physically ramming it, the walls are much thicker and the sculpture is extremely dense and high quality. Here is another difference- the pressed-clay sculptures are completely gone over with sculpture tools to add back any fine details, accent others, and generally clean up the whole surfaces, this is exactly the same processes used to create all of the architectural terracotta found on old buildings my work is based upon, the only difference between how these sculptures were made in 1890 and how I am making these pressed-clay sculptures is that in the 1890s to speed up production they introduced live steam under pressure to the open backs of the clay sculptures. I don't have access to large amounts of live steam unfortunately, so the drying out process must be slower to prevent cracking and warping. The sculptures are fired in the kiln @ 2,079 degrees, otherwise known in the ceramic trade as "cone 1" with a slight offset, for about 38 hours. The actual firing schedule I will be using for the terrcotta is that once the moist clay is bone dry in about 3 weeks, it is placed in the kiln and after about 2 hours the kiln stays @ 200 degrees F for 9 hours to ensure the clay is completely dry all the way through. At that point the kilns' program will slowly raise the temperature up 60 degrees per hour to 1,200 degrees F, then it raises the temperature up 80 degrees F an hour to 1,950 degrees F, then it takes a slower increase of 60 degrees F per hour to 2,079 degrees F where it is held for 10 minutes before shutting down. The 10 minute hold ensures the clay sculpture reaches the 2,079 degree temperature all the way through, this is like baking a cake longer to ensure not only that it's "done" on the outside, but that it's fully done INSIDE too. Tests that were done on the clay theses sculpture will be made from used the standard two hour water boil test, it revealed that the absorption rate of this clay is only 3% which is excellent, most hard commercial bricks aim for a 5 to 6% water absorption to be considered suitable for building facades and garden walls exposed to the weather and rain, 3% puts my sculpture above grade in that regard for resistance to weather and rain. Someone recently mentioned they "hate" terracotta because they had some in the garden that "fell apart," please do not confuse THAT type of cheap, mass produced in China -JUNK sold at Walmart to stick in the garden- with fine hand-pressed art! The reason their "terracotta" in the garden fell apart was that it was poorly made earthenware clay, poorly fired at the lowest possible temperature to save time and money. This stuff is NOT real terracotta, I even suspect some of it is just red tinted plaster or concrete. Due to clays' shrinkage, the terracotta version is always slightly smaller than the interior cast-stone versions- about 5-10% A hand-pressed red clay version drying out before kiln firing After firing it is 19-3/4" x 12-1/8" and weighs 29# A word about so called "COMPOSITE TERRACOTTA" I am seeing on Ebay now, I have never heard of this stuff, but in listings I see NO mention of kiln firing, so one can assume the term: "MADE FROM A COMPOSITE TERRACOTTA" means it is a poured red colored concrete-like or colored plaster-like material, it's NOT genuine kiln fired terracotta- there's a huge difference! General information etc applicable to all of my sculptures NOTE: My standard cast-stone is for INTERIOR OR UNDER A COVERED PORCH/SUN ROOM ONLY! Out in the garden they might last 4 or 5 years, maybe longer before showing weathering damage. If you are looking for something to place in the garden or build into a wall, I offer concrete as a special order item which takes approx 3 weeks. Not all pieces are available in concrete, inquire before ordering. All of these sculptures have a heavy wire embedded on the back to hang them on the wall. I own the originals, copyrights in most cases, and the molds, I can produce any quantity and custom configurations as well. All of my sculptures are personally hand-cast in my home studio, they are signed, numbered and dated. These are finished to order at the time of purchase. Randall featured in the New York Times Sunday May 20th, 2007 City section Pg CY9 Article on my work in the Blanden Memorial Fine Art Museum's quarterly magazine in Ft Dodge, where a dozen of my works are being exhibited for three months, and a quick photo of part of the display there; > Portion of a full page article by a local newspaper on my work, for an artist reception at a local museum. > FINISHES AVAILABLE I offer at least 5 different finishes, on certain pieces- 2 metallics are standard. Finishes are YOUR CHOICE which you want on your sculpture. They vary from piece to piece, and actual colors displayed on your monitor will vary as well. From left to right in the photo below, they are; Old Dirty Bronze (metallic) Old Dirty Nickel (metallic) Dirty limestone grey- varies from near black to very light grey. Buff yellow. Red terra cotta. SHIPPING NOTICE I use FedEx ground service for all shipments in the lower 48 states. I no longer ship outside the US.I ship these larger panels in plywood CRATES instead of cardboard boxes. Maximum protection is a plus for my clients and myself, but please understand that it DOES take time- about a half hour to an hour to cut material and build each crate, this is only done on weekends- for shipping Monday or Tuesday. These panels will ship in a wood crate 25" x 18" x 6" like this bigger one going to a client in San Francisco; You will need a large Phillp's driver bit in an electric drill, or a hand driver, or a #2 square drive will also work with the screws I use.> NOTICE:Designs in the Urban Sculptures Collection are copyrighted with all rights reserved, this includes reproductions of antique pieces upon which I made certain modifications, alterations or changes- the changes are copyright and reproduction of same would constitute copyright infringement. I do not sell molds, nor casts for others to replicate and will enforce my proprietary rights. I reserve the right to decline sales to anyone. Original clay models by Randall all carry my impressed model numbers and dog paw-print logo, date of creation and signature on one of the sides, the casting number and casting date are inscribed by hand on the back of every cast. Questions? need more information, photos? help with your personal decorating project? talk to me! use the "contact seller link." Randall's Urban Sculptures Collection, web gallery, and sculpture studio. A historical photo essay of lost buildings from NYC's architectural history. All photos and accompanying text are (C) Randall's Urban Sculptures Collection, all rights reserved. Material: Interior cast stone, Style: Art Deco

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