Historical Background

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Processing Info

Inventory   [ + ]

Subject Terms


Guide to the University of Washington Miller Hall Façade Sculptures Photograph Collection
ca. 1952



VM Collection No.: 612
Title: University of Washington Miller Hall Façade Sculptures Photograph Collection
Date Span: ca. 1952
Quantity: 43 photographic prints (1 box)
Location: K0184
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
"Civil Laws" gargoyle on the north façade of Miller Hall, ca. 1952. Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW22184z

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Historical Background

The University of Washington's Miller Hall, named for University regent, William Winlock Miller, is one of seven neo-Gothic buildings on campus with gargoyles and façade sculptures in niches near the top stories. Built in 1922, and originally known as Education Hall, the structure housed the University president and administrative offices, and the education and engineering colleges.

Alonzo Victor Lewis (1886-1946) created the 44 sculptures on Miller Hall's third story. Lewis was born in Utah, received art training at the Art Institute of Chicago, and established a studio in Seattle in 1920, where he specialized in sculpture and oil painting. Lewis also taught sculpture at the University of Washington, and was named Washington Sculptor Laureate by the State Legislature. Among his best-known works are "The Doughboy" at the Seattle Center, "Victory Memorial" on the state capital grounds at Olympia, and the Abraham Lincoln memorial sculpture in Spokane.

Scope and Content

The collection contains photographs of the façade sculptures (grotesques) and gargoyles on Miller Hall, sculpted by Alonzo Victor Lewis in 1922. Since the building was named Education Hall at the time, Lewis's sculptures symbolize education, depicting teachers with students and famous scholars such as Confucius and Dante. Of note are the images of "Fish Teacher," resembling the mythical god Neptune, and "English Public School Students," featuring two young men in top hats.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to the public.

Processing Info

Processed by Jen Wolfe, 2002.


Inventory

 
Folder Item
South Façade, Miller Hall
11Grammatist   View image
2Music   View image
3Printer   View image
4Dante (Scriptorium)   View image
5Technical Education   View image
6Block Book   View image

 
Folder Item
East Façade, Miller Hall
27Medieval School Master and Block Book   View image
8Medieval School Master   View image
9Begging Student   View image
10 Early German School   View image
11Swiss Teacher (Pestalozzi)   View image
12French Teacher and Student   View image
13New England Dame School   View image
14Charity School Boy and Girl   View image
15Kindergarten Pupils   View image
16Ragged School   View image
17Teacher of Science (American High School Teacher)   View image
18American Latin School Teacher   View image
19Colonial School   View image
20English Public School Students   View image

 
Folder Item
North Façade, Miller Hall
321Arts of Philosophy   View image
22Liberal Arts   View image
23Medicine   View image
24Civil Laws   View image
25Theology I   View image

 
Folder Item
West Façade, Miller Hall
426Chivalric Education   View image
27Theology II   View image
28Roman Pedagogue   View image
29Greek Pedagogue   View image
30Hebrew Teacher   View image
31Music   View image
32Astronomy   View image
33Geometry   View image
34Mathematics   View image
35Medieval Dialectician (Francis Bacon)   View image
36Medieval Rhetoric   View image
37Grammar Teacher   View image
38Teacher of ABC's   View image
39Phoenician   View image
40Egyptian Teacher   View image
41Chinese Teacher (Confucius)   View image
42Fish Teacher   View image
43Chinese Teacher (Confucius) and Fish Teacher

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Lewis, Alonzo Victor, 1891-1950.
Organizations:
Miller Hall (Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs.
University of Washington--Buildings--Photographs.
Subjects:
College buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Education in art.
Facades--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Gargoyles--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Gothic revival (Architecture)--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Grotesques--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Last modified: July 03, 2008
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