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Plaster Cast Collection

Scroll to browse highlights on view in the ICAA Cast Hall, including pieces deaccessioned from The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as the Dick Reid Teaching Collection.

In 2004, the Metropolitan Museum of Art deaccessioned a historic collection of 120 plaster casts. The Metropolitan Museum of Art identified the ICAA as an appropriate steward of this significant collection due to the organization’s ongoing efforts to perpetuate the classical tradition in architecture and the related arts. The collection of plaster casts represents rare, high artistry in the craft of mold making and casting, and is an invaluable part of an education in traditional architecture and the allied arts. The ICAA uses the cast collection as a visual teaching aid, enabling students to view and draw from the finest examples of classical elements from masterpieces abroad. Read a brief history of the plaster cast collection.

Dick Reid is one of the world’s leading architectural artisans and restored numerous Medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment-era buildings in and outside of London, including the Somerset House, Windsor Castle, and the Spencer House. In 2005, Mr. Reid retired and donated the items in his shop, some of which are also visible on this page, to be used as a visual teaching aid for the ICAA.

The Plaster Cast Hall is possible thanks to the generous support of Flower Construction, Foster Reeve & Associates, and Seth Weine. The ICAA would like to extend special thanks to Joe Tuana for his generous gift in support of the Plaster Cast Collection; its interpretation, stewardship, and study; and its availability as a resource for the community. 

Visiting the Collection

Highlights of the plaster cast collection are on view in the ICAA’s Cast Hall by appointment. School groups are encouraged to visit. Please email [email protected] or call 212-730-9646 × 116 to arrange a visit.  

Admission to view the collection is free. Please consider making a donation to support the collection and the ICAA's educational initiatives.

Pilaster Capital with Volute Scrolls

Ionic Capital in plaster with volute scrolls from a 19th century original.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

10 x 23 x 10 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Chapel roof boss from Sheffield Cathedral
Miscellany

Chapel roof coffered ceiling mock-up used in 1980s by architect Donald Buttress to finalize the color scheme and size of chapel ceiling.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

32 3/4 x 32 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Ionic capital with Alpha and Omega symbols 
Greek

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

14 x 12 x 5 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Plaster cast of a chimney-piece capital

This cast was taken from an original now in Althorp’s Great Room chimneypiece in Northamptonshire. 

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

8 5/8 x 13 1/2 x 8 5/8 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Savoy Theatre - Center Boss
Miscellany

This piece was modeled and cast after a fire in the 1990s.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

2 13/16 in. dia: 8 11/16 in.

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Acanthus leaf

Fragment of a Corinthian Capital

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

13 13/16 x 11 x 6 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Spencer House Palm Room chimney piece "A"
Miscellany

This is a cast squeeze of a chimneypiece of Hesiod.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

23 1/4 x 11 x 5 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Spencer House Palm Room chimney piece "B"
Miscellany

A cast squeeze of a chimneypiece of Homer.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

14 x 12 x 6 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Putti centerpiece of chimneypiece in Dining Room of Spencer House
Miscellany

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

13 x 26 x 3 in.

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Various patterned railing supports
Miscellany

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

28 x 3 x 3 in. each (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Carved oak screen
Miscellany

The original screen is in carved oak. This replica is molded in expanded polyurethane foam, and has been stained and polished to match the original in St. Mary's Parish Church, Stockport, Cheshire, England.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

8 x 47 x 1 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Crown molding detail "A"
Miscellany

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

3 x 36 x 2 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Crown molding detail "B"
Miscellany

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

3 x 36 x 2 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Crown molding detail "C"
Miscellany

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

3 x 36 x 2 in. (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Moldings
Miscellany

Top to bottom: Exterior Molding in Pine; Chimney centerpiece Spencer House; Unknown.

Provenance

Dick Reid Teaching Collection

Dimensions

about 3 x 40 x 1 in. each (HWD)

Location:

20 West 44th Street, New York, NY