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LUXFER PRISM GLASS TILES
 

Luxfer Prisms were manufactured by the Luxfer Prism Company.  In 1895 Frank Lloyd Wright designed and patented 41 different designs.  These were U.S. Patent #27,977. Filed October 4, 1897.  Serial No. 654.088.  Here are actually four different versions of the same design.  Of the 41 designs, this was the only pattern that was produced. Prism glass tiles were typically used in storefront transoms to light the interior rooms. In the 1890, electric lighting was not well developed, and prism glass tiles were designed to reflect light toward the interior of the storefronts.

 
Date: 1897

Title: Large "V" (Purple Tint)

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Luxfer Prism

Size:

S#: 1897.01.0399

   
Date: 1897

Title: Small "V" (Clear)

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Luxfer Prism

Size:

S#: 1897.02.0600

   
Date: 1897

Title: No "V" (Black)

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Luxfer Prism

Size:

S#: 1897.03.1000

   
Date: 1897

Title: Medium "V" (Purple Tint)

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Luxfer Prism

Size:

S#: 1897.04.0101

   
Date: 1897

Title: With Leaded Band, Medium "V" (Purple Tint)

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Luxfer Prism

Size:

S#: 1897.05.0101

   
   
   
LUXFER PRISM GLASS TILES EXPLAINED
 
Advertisement in the March 1904 issue of Worlds Work Magazine.
 
 
 
SIDE NOTE: LUXFER PRISM GLASS TILES
 
On a recent trip to the Yellowstone area we decided to visit the city of Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman was incorporated in 1883. As we were walking the streets of the historic district, an old storefront caught my eye. Upon further investigation we discovered Frank Lloyd Wright designed Luxfer Prism Glass Tiles in the storefront transom of the Saunders Building, 126 Main Street. May, 2013.
 
1) Saunders Building, 126 Main Street.
 
2) The Saunders Building transoms consist of four sections of Luxfer Prism tiles. The left and right sections are 12.5 tiles wide by 9 high. The two center sections are 13 tiles wide by 9 high.
 
3) The Saunders Building transoms consist of four sections of Luxfer Prism tiles. The left and right sections are 12.5 tiles wide by 9 high. The two center sections are 13 tiles wide by 9 high. The left and right sections have a single horizontal and vertical row of Wright tiles, one row in from the outside edge, forming a rectangle. The two center panels have two horizontal rows, the second row from the top and bottom.
 
4) The left and right sections have a single horizontal and vertical row of Wright tiles, one row in from the outside edge, forming a rectangle. The two center panels have two horizontal rows, the second row from the top and bottom.
 
5) The left and right sections have a single horizontal and vertical row of Wright tiles, one row in from the outside edge, forming a rectangle. The two center panels have two horizontal rows, the second row from the top and bottom.
 
6) Detail of the Wright designed tiles. The left and right sections have a single horizontal and vertical row of Wright tiles, one row in from the outside edge, forming a rectangle.
 
7) Detail of the Wright designed tiles held in place with lead cames.
 

 

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