Louis Rorimer

(1872-1935)  Born in Cleveland, he was educated under sculptor Henry Matzen at

Manual Training School, and at 16 went to Europe to study, attending the Kunstgewerbeschule in Munich and Académie Julian in Paris for decorative arts. Returning to Cleveland in 1893, Rorimer established a studio in the ARCADE, later merging with Brooks Household Arts Co., a consultant firm in interior design, becoming nationally known as Rorimer Brooks Co. Their clientele included the STATLER Hotels, Chamber of Commerce Clubs, and VAN SWERINGEN offices. He vigorously promoted and used the cleaner, more utilitarian designs of modern art, as opposed to Victorian styles. From 1918-36, Rorimer taught architectural design at Cleveland School of Art. He exhibited drawings, sculpture, and furniture at the CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART (Grafton Nunes calls him “a major figure in American art.”)



Entry card for Rorimer, Louis, and Rorimer-Brooks Studios; Amendale, Antoniac for the 1920 May Show. The May Show was a juried exhibition of Northeast Ohio artists held at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1919 to 1993.