University of Pennsylvania Bicentennial Wedgwood Plate Spire of Irvine Auditorium
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University of Pennsylvania Wedgwood Plate produced in 1940 to celebrate Penn's Bicentennial. The plate is titled Spire of Irvine Auditorium and was drawn by Clayton Evans Jenkins (Penn '22). The plate measures 10 3/8 inches in diameter and has the Wedgwood, Etruria, England stamp on the rear. In very good condition with no chips, cracks or crazing, although some soiling on the rear.
Irvine Auditorium was built between 1926 and 1932 at the corner of 34th and Spruce Streets. Its designer, Horace Trumbauer, was inspired by Mont Saint Michel in France. Irvine Auditorium is named after William Irvine, a donor to the University of Pennsylvania and a Philadelphia city treasurer. The building contains an 11,000-pipe organ and a main hall originally seated 2,300 people. Irvine Auditorium is now a part of the Perelman Quadrangle.