Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room
The Chicago Stock Exchange Building designed by Adler & Sullivan was erected in 1893-4 at the corner of LaSalle and Washington Streets in what is now Chicago‘s Loop. The building was 13 stories tall and was built for a little over a million dollars. |
Innovative in design, the building featured a large almost two story high room on the second floor which became the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room. Using the new steel framing design of early skyscrapers, this room was unobstructed except for four support columns. The steel structure of the ceiling rested on the four columns which in turn supported the upper floors of the building.
The steel ceiling structure was covered with plastered walls which were decorated with stenciled canvas applied like wallpaper. The stencils were rich in color and complex in design. Seven of 15 designs are publicly documented which range from a frieze above mahogany paneled walls to truss, beam and ceiling coffers.
Our Sullivan Stencil Tiles are inspired by the stencil on the Upper Beam shown at right above.
The Tiles have a palette of 18 colors that were interpreted from an original stencil in our collection. Unlike the original stencils which were cut by hand, our computer remastered design repeat is precise.
Shown L to R above: Set of 4 Sullivan Tile in a Frank Lloyd Wright style frame and a Set of 4 Sullilvan Tile is an Arts & Crafts style frame.
Our graphic artist, Russ Billington (shown above at right doodling as usual), created the digital files which are used to print bright red decal images which are then transferred to high quality blank tiles and kiln fired in Florida to 1650 degrees F making them UV, scratch, wear and chemical resistant. The set of four tiles are framed and shipped from Illinois USA.