The new Memorial Art Palace of the Lakefront was thrown open to the members of the Art Institute on the afternoon of May 12, 1893. While the building was by no means complete, the interior of the main floor was receiving the finishing touches, and workmen were busy putting the plaster casts, busts, and models of the Art Institute in position.
When the Art Institute of Chicago opened its doors on Michigan Avenue in 1893, the collection consisted of a “significant” group of reproductions of famous sculptures and plaster casts of architectural statuary, donated by the French government at the close of the Columbian Exposition. Yes, you heard me right. Plaster casts. Reproductions of Venus de Milo and Winged Victory. Picture is the Michigan Avenue lobby ca. 1900.
in his arms he bore the maiden~Statue of Minnehaha and Hiawatha, bronze, by Jakob Fjelde. The plaster version was exhibited at the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, in 1893. The piece was cast in bronze in 1912, and installed in Minnehaha park, Minneapolis, MN
Decorators Supply #OHC2013 It blossomed into a manufacturer of cast ornamental plaster that helped to create the moldings that would adorn the buildings and halls showcased in the "White City" at the Columbian Exposition of 1893. http://www.openhousechicago.org/site/320/