Terminal Tower

Terminal Tower

1928

Margaret Bourke-White

(American, 1904-1971)

Gelatin silver print

Overall: 49.4 x 37.2 cm (19 7/16 x 14 5/8 in.); Matted: 76.2 x 61 cm (30 x 24 in.)

Gift of Huntington Bank 2003.361

Location

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This is the largest known print of Margaret Bourke-White’s iconic photograph of Cleveland.

Description

Bourke-White made numerous photographs of the newly completed Terminal Tower, at that time the second tallest building in America. Here she places it at the apex of a visual pyramid, as if ascending from a smoky pit, flanked by the Detroit-Superior Bridge and smokestacks in the Flats. The tower symbolizes Cleveland’s industrial power and meteoric rise from a small settlement to a modern, progressive city.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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