A Picture Postcard**

MILLS RESTAURANT--CINCINNATI, OH
(Lost)

Tile panel designed by William Purcell McDonald (1865-1931) 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.


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?

No

If Not, What Happened?                                                                                                

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

State:

Ohio

City:

Cincinnati

Location of Installation:

31-39 East Fourth Street

GPS Coordinates:

Directions to Installation:

Additional Information, Websites, Citations:

*http://books.google.com/books?id=lTvnAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA514&lpg=PA514&dq=%22Mills+Restaurant%22,+Cincinnati,+OH&source=bl&ots=7lI_

6u6QmM&sig=ODk6tN0xy8hxqFhV6Ncc99YVB6w&hl=en&ei=taGrTMbXMYT58Aa1gZ2HCA&sa=X&oi=book_

result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CD8Q6AEwBw#v=onepage&q&f=false

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

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

***http://www.prices4antiques.com/pottery-porcelain/rookwood/Tiles-3-Rookwood-Architectural-Faience-Grapes-Mask-from-Mills-Restaurant-25-inch-D9754782.htm

****http://www.prices4antiques.com/pottery-porcelain/rookwood/Tiles-2-Rookwood-Windmill-Dutch-Boy-Faience-Panels-from-Mills-Restaurant-31-inch-D9755091.htm

*****http://www.cowanauctions.com/upcoming_category_list.asp?SaleId=146&cat=2270&mcat=1036

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.*




(Photo****) 








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