San Francisco '22 - Islam Temple Welcomes You by Harold von Schmidt

San Francisco 22 - Islam Temple Welcomes You by Harold von Schmidt

San Francisco '22 - Islam Temple Welcomes You

Harold von Schmidt

Title

San Francisco '22 - Islam Temple Welcomes You

 
Artist
Year
1922  
Technique
gouache on illustration board 
Image Size
18 1/8 x 13 1/8" image and illustration board size 
Signature
artist's stamp in lower left 
Edition Size
1 of 1 unique 
Annotations
 
Reference
 
Paper
illustration board 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
PMJ378 
Price
$5,000.00 
Description

An illustration from 1922 by noted American illustrator Harold von Schmidt that was probably used for a poster advertising the Islam Temple in San Francisco.

Built for the Shriners in 1917, the Islam Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, draws inspiration from Persian and Oriental architecture. The Temple’s particularly lavish and exotic expression of these elements has been dubbed Moorish Byzantine Eclectic.

Rumor has it that denied by the Shriners to sign his name on the cornerstone, Scottish-born architect and Shriner, Thomas Patterson Ross hid his signature in plain view using Arabic letters directly over the entryway to spell out “Great is Allah and Great is Ross the Architect.”

The Shriners, a fraternal social and charitable order of the Freemasons, used the Temple until 1970. Recalling a cherished and historic theater that burned down in 1906, the Temple was renamed The Alcazar Theater and boasted 500 seats. The theater closed in 1984 but was rehabilitated in 1992. Today the Alcazar is a rental theater, irregularly hosting theatrical events such as cabarets, revues and comedic performers.