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Strasenburgh Wall scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1- 1959
Identifier: RITArc-0197

Scope and Contents

The Strasenburgh Wall scrapbook consists of biographical information on artist Frans Wildenhain, an essay by Wildenhain describing the symbolism of the mural, news clippings, and photographs. Photos (black and white as well as color) document the mural construction process and installation, the completed mural, and images of Wildenhain.


  • Creation: circa 1959

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Historical Information: Strasenburgh Wall mural and Frans Wildenhain

In 1958, artist Frans Wildenhain was commissioned by drug company R.J. Strasenburgh to create a mural for the lobby of its laboratory in Henrietta, New York. The ceramic mosaic mural, depicting a pharmaceutical theme from its alchemistic beginnings to modern chemistry, was relief set into a 104 foot long curved wall, and installed the following year. Wildenhain created the mural at his studio in Bushnell's Basin.

German born potter Frans Wildenhain joined the faculty at the Rochester Insitute of Technology's School for American Craftsmen in 1950 where, along with Hobart Cowles, he helped create the legendary ceramics program. Wildenhain was trained at the Bauhaus in Germany with such giants as Josef Albers, Paul Klee, and Lazlo Moholy-Nagy. In addition to more traditional forms of pottery, Wildenhain created large ceramic murals for display in public spaces, such as the wall in the lobby of RIT’s Ingle Auditorium. Wildenhain retired as Professor Emeritus in 1970. He died in 1980 in Rochester.


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Scrapbook of clippings and photographs relating to the Strasenburgh Wall, a mural created for and installed in the lobby of R.J. Strasenburgh Laboratories by artist Franz Wildenhain in 1959.


Collection materials are contained in a ringed scrapbook.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Strasenburgh Wall scrapbook was donated to RIT Archives by Robert J. Strasenburgh II in November 1991.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in July 2011.

Strasenburgh Wall scrapbook
RIT Archives
Amy Vilz
13 July 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA