one of two matching c. 1890's interior copper-plated cast iron westcott hotel lobby wall-mount monogrammed cartouche with figural lion head

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late 19th century interior hotel lobby copper-plated cast iron single-sided cartouche designed by notable indiana architect william s. kaufman for the westcott hotel (demolished). the five-story hotel was completed in 1895 and demolished in 1977. the westcott was located in richmond, indiana. the richardsonian romanesque hotel building was named for its owner, j.m. westcott. william kaufman was a well-known indiana architect, who’s career focused heavily on educational buildings. he designed schools for williamsburg, new castle, lynn, raliegh, and middletown, indiana. additionally, a school, now demolished, in laketon, indiana appears to be one of his designs. richmond commissions for schools included second ward (1885), richmond high school (1889, demolished), morton high school (1908-1910, with william butts ittner as consulting architect). lindley hall (1887, demolished) at earlham college may be kaufman’s most significant building. lindley hall was the college’s second campus building. kaufman also designed parry hall at earlham. other significant, non-educational projects made kaufman known in richmond. the five-story, stonefaced, romanesque revival westcott hotel (1895, demolished) and his efforts as supervising architect for the wayne county courthouse (completed 1893) are probably the highest profile, while the henley library and knightstown library are highly similar in scale, materials, plan, and style. kaufman was so highly regarded for his schools that the indiana superintendent of public instruction office featured one his romanesque revival schools in their annual report of 1904. kaufman had also, nearly at the same time as he was working on the henley library, landed the commission to design the greenville, ohio carnegie library. carnegie offered the grant to greenville on march 7, 1901, and the town laid the cornerstone in october, 1901. because kaufman designed so many educational buildings, most of his works have not survived. two cartouches available, priced individually. exact fabricator unknown.