Medals Relating to Architecture

Society of Beaux Arts Architects Award1894

The obverse bears an angel seated on pediment with oversized wings holding a replica of the Parthenon, ARCHITECTVRE above, MDCCCXCIV (1894, date of founding of the Society of Beaux Arts Architects) in exergue with J.E. ROINE incused. The reverse bears the legend SOCIETY OF BEAVX ARTS ARCHITECTS, award plaque in center surrounded by oak wreath.

The medal is made of bronze and has a diameter of 55mm. It was struck by Medallic Art Company of New York in the early twentieth century.

Boston Society of Architects Prize Medal1921

The obverse bears bust of Greek woman with long braided hair before columns. Around, (*) MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (*) / DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE

The reverse bears decorative border with cresting waves around square center panel with engraved dedication, BOSTON SOCIETY / OF ARCHITECTS / PRIZE. / 1921-22. / R. HAYWARD.

The edge is marked GORHAM CO.

Roger Hayward (1899-1979) was a talented artist, architect and inventor. Hayward won this award while he was still a student at MIT. After working as an architect for a few years he moved to California and worked with Linus Pauling, for whom he illustrated many books and journal publications. He is also remembered as an expert in the field of optics and played an important role in the development of the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

The dies for this medal were used by MIT for a number of different awards, including the F.W. Chandler Prize and the School Medal Prize, with the hand-engraved inscription being appropriately worded for each.

The medal was struck in bronze by Gorham Co. Neither mintage nor artist are known.

The Ripnen Company Medal 1955

This uniface medal's obverse shows historic monumental buildings in front of modern skyscrapers breaking through layers of clouds. Above, THE RIPNEN CO; to left, 1930; to right, 1955; signed at lower left, LANTZ

TKenneth Ripnen was an architect in New York and wrote a book titled "Office Building and Office Layout Planning", in which he called for a wholly new conception of "space for the organization man." The basic idea was to optimize modern office buildings fo maximum productivity, a quest that continues to this day.

TThe medal celebrates the 25th anniversary of Ripnen's architectural firm.

This pentagonal medal measures 96mm x 91mm (60mm per side) and was struck in bronze by the Medallic Art Company of New York.

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AIA Chicago Chapter Centennial1969
Bronze with brown patina

The obverse bears decorative motif with inscription above reading 1869 x 1969; in center field, CENTENNIAL / CHICAGO / CHAPTER; Stylized seal of American Institute of Architects, AIA in center.

The reverse bears view of decorated rotunda ceiling with seal of AIA (eagle in front of pillar) in center. On seal, AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS.

The medal is edge-stamped MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y.

This medal was issued by the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to commemorate its 100th anniversary in 1969. The Chicago chapter is one of the oldest and largest chapters in the AIA. Word had spread quickly after the AIA's founding in New York in 1857. Today, there are more than 300 chapters all over the United States.

The medal measures 76mm (3in) and was struck in bronze by the Medallic Art Company of New York.

50th Anniversary of Fox Theatre 1979

The obverse bears several fields with architectural details of the Fox Theatre, including an Egyption scarab in the lowest field. In center, "Fiftieth / Anniversary / of the / Fox / Theatre / 1979" At bottom, signed JULIAN H HARRIS

The reverse symbolizes the theatre's Arabian architecture through the domes and arches of the building's original entrance on Ponce de Lean Avenue. In exergue, ATLANTA LANDMARKS, INC. / ©

This medal was struck in bronze by the Medallic Art Company of Danbury, Connecticut.