Window panels by Griffin

Made by Griffin, Marion Mahony in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1921-1924.

These Art Deco style stained-glass light panels in a starburst pattern were salvaged from the ‘Ladies Boudoir’ (toilets) of the Capitol Theatre in Swanston Street, Melbourne. The theatre was designed by the renowned US architects, Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin, in association with Peck & Kemter Architects and built between 1921 and 1924.

Walter Burley Griffin (1876-1937) is best known for his connection with the design of the national capital, Canberra. While in Australia with his wi...


Window panels (4), sun burst design, lead/glass, designed for the 'Ladies Boudoir' of the Capitol Theatre, Swanstone Street, Melbourne, designed by Marion Mahony Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin, Australia, 1921-24

Four square, window panels, art deco style, designed to be mounted together to form a 'sun burst' design; composed of leaded coloured glass (white, yellow and orange).


1386 mm
1382 mm
43 mm


The 'art deco' style of the light did not become fashionable in Australia until almost a decade after the light was designed. This reveals the Griffin's awareness of the latest in overseas design trends - long before they were popular in Australia.
Griffin, Marion Mahony 1921-1924


Capitol Theatre


Courtesy Dorothea Irving, youngest daughter of AJJ Lucas, Melbourne
16 July, 1998

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