Noguchi Ceiling revealed

One of St. Louis’ most iconic modern art installations, designed by Isamu Noguchi is once again visible and view-able by the public. Architect Harris Armstrong designed the building and commissioned Noguchi to create an installation work of art, the “Reflection Ceiling,” for the American Stove Company’s office building.   Armstrong’s  work, including that on the “Magic Chef” building, is archived at Washington University, Department of Special Collections.

In spring 2016 the one of a kind ceiling was opened to the public by the U-Haul corporation, current owners of the building.

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Images of the American Stove Company office and design for Reflection Ceiling from the Harris Armstrong Collection, Department of Special Collections, Washington University Library.

The Harris Armstrong Collection (#wua00372) is described in the online finding aid.  Interested researchers should contact Special Collections for more information.


About the author

Miranda Rectenwald is Curator of Local History, Washington University Special Collections. More info.