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Untitled (St. Mary's Academy)

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Minor White, Untitled (St. Mary's Academy), ca. 1939, gelatin silver print, Courtesy of the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration. New Deal Art Project, public domain, L42.2.9

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Title

Untitled (St. Mary's Academy)

Artist

Minor White (American, 1908-1976)

Date

ca. 1939

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 13 7/16 in x 10 9/16 in; sheet: 13 7/16 in x 10 9/16 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: untitled, unsigned and undated.

Collection Area

Photography; Northwest Art

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Courtesy of the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration. New Deal Art Project

Accession Number

L42.2.9

Copyright

public domain

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

Picturing Oregon

schools

Works Progress Administration Artworks

Place Made

Created in and depicts: Portland

Created in and depicts: Oregon

Description

The original St. Mary's Academy building, located at Southwest Fifth Avenue between Market and Mill streets, was surrounded by an imposing retaining wall that was built in 1865 from stones once used as ballast on English sailing ships. In White’s photograph of the wall, gated stairway, and building entry, sunlight touches both the foreground wall and the school in the background. Although the gateway is open, the passageway to the courtyard falls into deep shadow, suggesting an intimidating pathway from exterior to interior. The building was demolished in 1970, but some of the original wall remains at the corner of Southwest Fifth Avenue and Market Street.

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