The Architecture building, also known as "Architecture and Kindred Subjects," was designed in the Georgian Revival style by Charles A. Platt in 1926-1927. Platt, who also designed ten other buildings on campus including the University Library, David…

Since its dedication, Alma Mater has been a symbol of the University of Illinois. Affectionately referred to as ‘Alma’, she stands in front of her throne with open arms welcoming visitors, students, and alumni to the heart of campus. Although…

This stone figure represents a composite Brahmin god, Hari-Hara, and is a copy of a seventh-century stone statue in the Museacute Albert Sarraut in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Robert Allerton had the copy made from a plaster cast he purchased at the…

Amazingly, these two slim, delicate images of Buddha were fashioned from single logs of teakwood. Students of the Royal School in Bangkok, Thailand, made them from prototypes Allerton selected in nearby wats (Buddhist monasteries or temples), waiting…

Mythological lion-dogs such as these are ubiquitous in Asian art, found in cemeteries, temples, shops, and domiciles and utilized traditionally as Buddhist guardian effigies to ward off demon spirits. Fabricated of materials such as stone, wood,…

Carl Milles created three colossal Sun Singer statues: one in Stockholm, commissioned in 1919 by the Swedish Academy of Sciences to honor the influential poet-patriot Esaias Tegner (1782-1846), who did so much to bring Norse sagas and Scandinavian…

The eminent French artist Bourdelle, regarded by many of his contemporaries as the greatest sculptor of his generation, himself thought The Death of the Last Centaur the "summit" of his achievements. He showed it first in plaster at the Salon of 1914…

Visitors usually call these stone figures "Chinese" musicians, but a closer look shows that their features are Western. The present sculptures are not those Allerton bought in England early in the century. Initially he obtained ten statues cut in…

Hidden almost from sight southeast of the Gatehouse is this unpretentious little stone shepherdess and her dog, which Allerton had Lew Wagy, a Monticello gravestone carver, adapt from an eight-inch-high German porcelain figurine in the house. The…

Allerton bought a pair like this one early in his residency at the Monticello estate, but because of vandalism the figure of the shepherd recently had to be replaced. He no longer holds a long shepherd's crook as he did in the original. The…

Inspired by Dante's Inferno, Rodin conceived his original Adam and Eve as figures to flank The Gates of Hell, a huge bronze portal commissioned for the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris, that included 186 high-relief and freestanding dynamic figures.…

Probably dating from the late nineteenth century, the park Venus is a close copy of Canova's famous Venus Italica in the Pitti Palace, Florence. Allerton bought the copy from a European dealer and had it placed in a small latticed pavilion in the…

Allerton had two limestone copies of Pilon's Three Graces made. One adorns the east wall of the Peony Garden, on the path west of the Visitors' Center; the other is at the Lake Geneva, lllinois, grave of his aunt, Mrs. Lester McCrae. In Greek…

Allerton bought Lili Auer's Girl with a Scarf at the Chicago Art Institute's annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, 1941-42, and had a special place prepared for it in the center of the Brick Garden. It was the last piece he acquired…

The placement of Kuöhl's darkly patinated bronze figures at either side of a gravel pathway leading to the Brick Garden nicely relates them to the meditative Girl with a Scarf just beyond. In Art Deco style, they are mounted frontally on John…

Based on a Roman original in the Naples Museum, this little garden statue is located near a path leading from the parking lot to Allerton House. The sharply pointed ears, animal skin about its neck, wine sack resting on the knee, and distinctly…

When Glyn Warren Philpot was Allerton's houseguest in the autumn of 1921, he had an estate employee pose for him in order to conceptualize a figure he planned to include in a British mural commission on the birth of man. Allerton used the resultant…

Two odd marble statues-partially draped, truncated, demure armless female nudes on decorated, tapered shafts stand against the back terrace brick walls of Allerton House. Renaissance-type figures such as these are sometimes adapted by architects for…

The placement of these two identical, recumbent stone creatures is unusual in that they look directly into the house instead of facing out toward the approaching visitor. In classical mythology, sphinxes were most often represented as having the head…

High up on four-sided pillars, framed by trees at the Allerton Road entrance to the park, are these badly weather-damaged concrete statues representing the mythological Greek goddess of the hunt, Diana (right), and her chaste, athletic young male…

Two erect stone figures, copies of a bronze Charioteer of Delphi made for the Art Institute of Chicago from the Greek original, stand on pillars at a park entrance. Each of the statues had just one arm at first, as does the ancient prototype, which…

At the entrance to the Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is Bourdelle's strong, leonine bronze head of Beethoven, bent forward in intense concentration, brow furrowed, lips and eyes tightly shut, nearly black…

Harry Breen's vividly colored ceramic sculpture at the entrance to the Colwell Theatre honors Joseph Wright Scott, a respected member of the Department of Speech and Theatre from 1936 until his retirement in 1972. lnscribed on the base are the words,…

Few people know that a nominal Illinois Farmers' Hall of Fame exists at the University. Except for elaborately engraved invitations to dedication exercises, some newspaper notices, a few letters preserved in the archives, and old identification…

Illinois-born Edward McCullough, deeply impressed by four years of sea duty with the United States Navy, wrote that he related this piece to the ancient Greek story of Jason and his heroic shipmates, the Argonauts, that it forged a link between the…

Although White's 32-foot-long, Cor-ten steel sculpture complements its architectural setting, appearing as a fluid orange line sweeping through space, contrasting in form and spirit with the rather plain, factory-like brick structure behind it, it…

Richard Hunt's massive steel sculpture stands before the Veterinary Medicine Building as a big dark abstract form that seems strangely and vaguely recognizable. A combination of natural, flamelike outcrops and sharp-edged chunky planes, the work…