Elevator Screen, Farwell Building, Detroit

Louis C. Tiffany American
Tiffany Studios

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Tiffany Studios provided this design for the gilt-bronze elevator screen, the focal point of the Farwell Building’s lobby. Early photographs of the building’s interior show that a less intricate design was ultimately selected.

In recent years, economic decline in Detroit has left the Farwell Building abandoned and its Tiffany Studios’ interior vandalized. The gilt-bronze elevator doors and much of the Tiffany glass elements are now, unfortunately, lost or severely damaged. However, a campaign to revitalize the city’s historic Capitol Park district includes plans to renovate and preserve the Farwell Building.

Elevator Screen, Farwell Building, Detroit, Louis C. Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York), Black ink and graphite with watercolor and compass construction on wove paper, mounted on illustration board, American

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