Louis Millet

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View through Louis J. Millet's thistle window originally from the Patrick J. King House and now at the James A. Patten House
Louis J. Millet window at the James A. Patten House

Louis J. Millet was an educator, industrial art school founder, and interior designer in the United States. He was a celebrated stained glass artist.[1] He worked on Louis Sullivan[1] and George W. Maher[2][3] projects and went into business with portraitist George Healy at the interior design firm Healy & Millet offering services including interior decoration, floor tiling, and wood mantels.[4] Millet was nationally known for his decorative work, frescoes, and stained glass.[5]

Fireplace surround for Patrick J. King House, now at LACMA

Millet and Healy were friends who studied in Paris, France together during the 1870s and became business partners after moving to Chicago in 1879.[4]

Millet taught at the Art Institute of Chicago’s school from 1886 until 1918 and directed its department of decorative design.[5] He founded the Chicago School of Architecture in 1893, where multidisciplinary studies in industrial arts were offered with coursework at the Art Institute of Chicago and Armour Institute of Technology. Millet held academic posts at both institutions.[4] Millet was the school's dean.[6]

Rotunda at the Chicago Cultural Exchange The building also has one by Louis Comfort Tiffany

Millet patented a design for a prism light.[7]

Milletade a thistle window for the Patrick J. King House's great room[8] aa well as a similarly themed mosaic fireplace surround with thistpe design.



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  8. ^ https://www.mfa.org/collections/object/thistle-window-490384
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  10. ^ "Stained-Glass Glory in Chicago". Mindfulwalker.com. 12 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Applications being accepted for Louis Millet stained glass windows". Thegazette.com.
  12. ^ "The Prairie School Traveler". Prairieschooltraveler.com.
  13. ^ "Stencil, Louis Henri Sullivan; Designer: Louis J. Millet; Maker: Healy and Millet ^ Minneapolis Institute of Art". Collections.artsmia.org. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  14. ^ https://collections.lacma.org/node/160356