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Plaster tympanum over door, Storyville

Higher Level Record: 1990.2.1-14
ID Number: 1990.2.10
Title: Plaster tympanum over door, Storyville
Title Type: assigned
Item Status: Permanent Collection     Legal Status: Permanent Collection
Object Name: gelatin silver prints
Collection Type: Photography
Artist/Maker: Dreyfous, Felix Julius, 1896-1975 (photographer) -- More information
Date: 1930-1937
Process/Technique: gelatin silver process
Materials: photographic gelatin
photographic paper
silver (metal)
Dimensions: 4 x 6 inches
Object Description View of semicircular tympanum above doorway showing the bust of a woman set against a shell background, with acanthus leaves and fruit at lower border. Shows curved entablature, leaded glass transom with number"1517." The address is 1517 Iberville Street. The building, known as the "Star Mansion," was operated by various madams during its existence.
Label Text: Storyville: Madams and Music 2017-04-05
Plaster tympanum over doorway of the Star Mansion
ca. 1935; gelatin silver print
by Felix Julius Dreyfous, photographer
gift of F. Lee Eiseman, 1990.2.10
The Star Mansion at 1517 Iberville Street was initially managed by the madam Ray Owens. She was succeeded by Hilma Burt, then Annie Ross. The fašade of the building featured a stained-glass star set in a round window in the gable and a tympanum showcasing a bare-breasted woman over the entrance. Although the building was not located on Basin Street, this imagery was selected by the artist Boyd Cruise (1909-1988) to represent the letter "B" in his 1956 series Louisiana Alphabet.
Extent: 1 item
Acq. Credit Line: Gift of Mr. F. Lee Eiseman
Collection Theme(s): Prostitution
Subjects: Storyville District (New Orleans, La.)
Jazz and Storyville
Condition: Good

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