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Design for Buffalo Theater, Buffalo, New York

Artist:
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Artist:
B. Stanton
Date:
ca. 1925–26
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, black ink, and graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
26 11/16 x 39 9/16 in. (67.8 x 100.5 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter Hoving and Julia T. Weld Gifts and Dodge Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.654.3
Not on view
The Buffalo Theater, built between 1925 and 1926, was the jewel in Michael Shea’s theater crown. Shea’s entertainment empire began with a single Buffalo, New York, music hall in 1882 and eventually included theaters as far away as Toronto, Canada. Seating almost 3,500 people and with an architectural design by eminent theater architects Rapp & Rapp, the Tiffany Studios interior scheme is a baroque confection of rich colors and textures in which light dances off the gilding, stenciled silver, and prisms that hang from the chandeliers. Tiffany’s designs for Shea’s Buffalo Theater were carried out and were recently restored as part of Shea’s Performing Arts Center.
Signature: [recto, lower right, in watercolor or ink]: B. Stanton

Inscription: BUFFALO THEATRE/ MR. MICHAEL SHEA OWNER/ C.W. & [superscript] GEO. L. RAPP ARCHITECTS/ RENDERING BY TIFFANY STUDIOS/ 391 MADISON AVENUE NEW YORK
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