Chicago Stock Exchange Sign
An iconic Chicago Stock Exchange sign (1 of 2 in the world) which was once on the 1893 arch, now adjacent to the Art Institute of Chicago, last originating from a departed avid Oak Park IL collector and architect measuring approximately 20 x 30 x 3/4 inches. This sign was added in the early 1950s I believe based on some photo comparisons. The gentleman developed a list of his artifacts and this is number 1 on the list and described in the listed picture. Other items from his collection are listed in my store.
Built in 1893, the Chicago Stock Exchange building was widely considered an architectural masterpiece. Architect Louis Sullivan and his partner, Dankmar Adler, embellished its façade with a simple and organic ornamentation of geometric forms and expressions of natural foliage. By the 1960s the building had fallen into severe decay and, although there was a movement to save the historic structure, it was demolished in 1972. After the demolition, the Art Institute of Chicago acquired the building’s terra cotta arch and with the help of the Heller Foundation, installed the arch in 1977 where it still stands today. Located in the museum’s East Wing is a reconstructed version of the Stock Exchange Trading Room.