Window from the James A. Patton House

Designed by George Washington Maher American
Designed by Louis J. Millet

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 707

James A. Patten, a prominent figure of the commodities markets, commissioned Maher, a leading Chicago architect, to design a twenty-two-room house and every element of its interior program. This window is one of a set of three from the monumental entrance hall. Maher’s “motif rhythm” theory entailed the repeated use of certain design elements in varying degrees and proportions. In this case, he chose the indigenous thistle as the principal decorative motif, perhaps as a reference to the owner’s Scottish heritage. Stylized variations of the thistle, juxtaposed with geometric shapes, were generously employed throughout the house in a range of media. Maher also used the thistle motif in the Patrick J. King House, built the same year in Chicago.

#4532. Window from the James A. Patton House

Window from the James A. Patton House, Designed by George Washington Maher (1864–1926), Leaded glass, American

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