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Detail (California Foundry)

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Minor White, Detail (California Foundry), ca. 1939, gelatin silver print, Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. Commissioned through the New Deal art projects, public domain, L42.3.1

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Title

Detail (California Foundry)

Artist

Minor White (American, 1908-1976)

Date

ca. 1939

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image/sheet: 13 5/16 in x 10 3/8 in

Collection Area

Photography; Northwest Art

Category

Books, Portfolios, and Manuscripts

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. Commissioned through the New Deal art projects

Accession Number

L42.3.1

Copyright

public domain

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

portfolios

Works Progress Administration Artworks

Location

Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art

2nd Floor Mezzanine

Mary L. Bauman Gallery

Description

This picturesque photograph of the base of an iron pilaster (a rectangular column that is often decorative rather than structural) suggests the solidity of metal architectural elements and the relative fragility of surrounding materials, which nature seems to be reclaiming. The stamp at the bottom of the pilaster indicates it was produced by the California Foundry, which made architectural iron elements in San Francisco. While many of Portland's earliest iron-front buildings sourced their materials from San Francisco foundries, by the mid-1860s most local buildings used ironwork produced by four area foundries.

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