A Picture Postcard**


This Mills Restaurant tile panel was designed by William Purcell McDonald (1865-1931) and is in the Cincinnati Art Museum. Photo by Michael Padwee, 2014. This tile panel was removed from the restaurant to make way for new air ducts during a renovation.

Title of Installation:

Mills Restaurant Interior

Materials Used:

Rookwood faience tiles

Additional Materials Information:

General Description: *

Technical Information (Size,mfg., etc.):                                        

Tile panels and grates made by the Rookwood Pottery, many with a Dutch Windmill motif.

Year Created:                                                                                                               

c. 1921

Year Installed, if different:

Does Installation Still Exist?


If Not, What Happened?                                                                                                

The panels were stripped from the walls, and some were sold at auction. The restaurant closed in 1967.





Location of Installation:

31-39 East Fourth Street

GPS Coordinates:

Directions to Installation:

Additional Information, Websites, Citations:




(Brick and Clay Record, Vol. 59, October 4, 1921, p. 514)                                                                                                                         

**Don Prout's "Cincinnati Views" website, http://www.cincinnativiews.net/business.htm




Submitted by and Year:

Michael Padwee (tileback101"at"collector.org), October 2010; updated, April 2014.

(Photo*** and *****)
                                                                                               Bacchus architectural frieze, mask with ram's horns, grape vines and leaves, 18"H x 25"W x 5.5"D

Close-up of grills and tile panels.*


Another panel that was sold at auction for $1200.
 (Terry Kovel, "Dummy Boards" in Treasures,
Vol. 2, No. 3, September 2012, pp. 56-57.)