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Central High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Site Id: 33.51.41
Rating: Nothing
Address: Broad Street and Green Street
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130, USA
Lat/Lng: 39.96353, -75.16156
Tiffany 1910: Page 104
Duncan 1980: Page 221
Tiffany 1897: Page 61
Tiffany 1893: Not listed
Tiffany 1886: Not listed
Completeness: High
Building status: Demolished
Building date: 1894-1900 [PT1894, HIST1925]
Comment: The school moved to north Philadelphia in 1939 [WIKI]
The building was demolished in the 1950s, to be replaced with a new building for the Benjamin Franklin High School [KAHN2016]
Also of interest:

Site Items Steel Memorial Window: Education (1897) (Removed) item has a photo


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Glossary (of terms) and References (as found in square brackets [...])

Status: Removed [DEDUCED]
Confidence: High
Memorial name: Steel Memorial Window
Theme: Education [TIFF1897, TIFF1910, DUNC1980]
Tiffany 1910: Page 104
Duncan 1980: Page 221
Tiffany 1897: Page 61
Other documentation: [PT1894, NYT1897A, NYT1897B, EAGLE1897, KIND1897, PI1900, NYMT1900, CL1900, REV1903]
Record type: window
Designer: Frederick Wilson [KIND1897, CAC1898, THOM1901]
and/or Louis Comfort Tiffany [EAGLE1897, KIND1897]
Memorial details: Edward Thomas Steel (6 Jan 1835 - 14 Aug 1892), President of the Board of Education 1879-1889 [PT1894, NYT1897A, NYT1897B, KIND1897, PT1898, PI1900, NYMT1900, CL1900, REV1903, HAND1922, FINDAGRAVE, PHIL1911]
Donor: his daughters, Anna Lewis Steel Grayson and Helen Steel Jones [PT1894, PT1898, NYMT1900, CL1900, FINDAGRAVE, PHIL1911]
Date: Initial design by Oct 1894 [PT1894]
Design copyright 1896 [KIND1897]
Signature copyright 1897 [SIGNATURE]
Being made Feb 1897 [NYT1897A]
Exhibited at Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, Jun 1897 [NYT1897B]
Exhibited in London, ca. Mar 1900 [PI1900, NYMT1900, CL1900]
Exhibited at 1900 Paris Exposition [NYMT1900, CL1900]
Unveiled 22 Nov 1902 (at same time as building dedicated) [REV1903, HAND1922]
Size: 20' x 14' [PT1894, REV1903, HAND1922]
Lancets: 3 [PHOTO, EAGLE1897, REV1903, HAND1922]
Inscription: In memory of the love Edward T. Steel bore the children of Philadelphia [PT1894, REV1903]
Category: Education; Medallion
Location: assembly room [PHOTO, PT1898, HAND1922, HIST1925]
Cost: $15000 [NYMT1900, CL1900]
History: The lower central medallion was sold at Sotheby's, New York, "Important Works of Art by Louis Comfort Tiffany", sale 7402, 4 Dec 1999 [COTT2020]
It was sold for $63160 (hammer price) at Cottone Auctions, lot 57, 23 Mar 2019 [COTT2020]


CAC1898: Eleventh Annual Exhibition of the Chicago Architectural Club (1898, p. 53, 55)
CL1900: The Cleveland Leader (20 Mar 1900, p. 4)
COTT2020: Cottone Auctions website (1 Apr 2020)
DEDUCED: Deduced from other information
DUNC1980: Tiffany Windows, Alastair Duncan (1980)
EAGLE1897: Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1 Mar 1897, p. 5)
FINDAGRAVE: Findagrave.com, for deducing biographical or genealogical information
HAND1922: Handbook of the Central High School of Philadelphia (1922, p. 103-105)
HIST1925: Byways and Boulevards in and about Historic Philadelphia, Francis Burke Brandt and Henry Volkmar Gummere (1925, p. 160)
KAHN2016: David Kahn (Central High School archivist and historian), personal communication (13 Jun 2016)
KIND1897: Kindergarten Magazine (Apr 1897, Vol. IX, p. 598-602)
NYMT1900: New York Morning Telegram (20 Mar 1900, p. 6)
NYT1897A: New York Times (27 Feb 1897, Saturday Review of Books and Arts, p. 5)
NYT1897B: New York Times (2 Jun 1897)
PHIL1911: Colonial Families of Philadelphia, John W. Jordan (ed.) (1911, Vol. II, p. 1626-1627)
PHOTO: Photo of item
PI1900: Philadelphia Inquirer (11 Mar 1900, p. 2)
PT1894: The Philadelphia Times (21 Oct 1894, p. 20)
PT1898: The Philadelphia Times (16 Jun 1898, p. 4)
REV1903: The School Review (Apr 1903, p. 243)
SIGNATURE: Signature on item
THOM1901: Munsey's Magazine, William H. Thomas (Dec 1901, p. 386-395)
TIFF1886: Announcement in American Architect and Building News, Tiffany Glass Company (6 Feb 1886)
TIFF1893: Chicago Exposition booklet, Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company (1893)
TIFF1897: A List of Windows: And Extracts from Letters & Newspapers, Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company (1897)
TIFF1910: A Partial List of Tiffany Windows, Tiffany Studios (1910)
WIKI: Wikipedia

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