Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Lilacs and Poplars, n.d.; wallpaper, Overall: 16 x 20 3/4 in. (40.6 x 52.7 cm) Frame: 27 1/2 x 23 5/8 in. (69.9 x 60 cm); Gift of M.H. Birge and Sons Company, 1973
The varying ceiling heights in the Burchfield Penney lobby were inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who often used this signature element in the Prairie houses he designed-including the nearby Darwin D. Martin House.