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Louis Sullivan : creating a new American architecture

Author: Patrick F Cannon; Louis H Sullivan; James Caulfield
Publisher: San Francisco : Pomegranate, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the publisher: Louis Sullivan's designs stand today as leading exemplars of Chicago School architecture. Even Frank Lloyd Wright, a former assistant to Sullivan, would later refer to him as his "lieber Meister," or "beloved master." Sullivan brought to his practice a conviction that ornamentation should arise naturally from a building's overall design, restating, in a large or small way, themes expressed in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Louis H Sullivan; Louis H Sullivan; Louis H Sullivan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick F Cannon; Louis H Sullivan; James Caulfield
ISBN: 9780764957710 0764957716
OCLC Number: 659413238
Description: 192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 x 26 cm
Contents: A life in architecture --
Housing a growing Chicago --
Reaching for the sky --
The wonder of the age --
Temples to God, temples of commerce --
Decline and triumph.
Responsibility: Patrick F. Cannon ; photography by James Caulfield.

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From the publisher: Louis Sullivan's designs stand today as leading exemplars of Chicago School architecture. Even Frank Lloyd Wright, a former assistant to Sullivan, would later refer to him as his "lieber Meister," or "beloved master." Sullivan brought to his practice a conviction that ornamentation should arise naturally from a building's overall design, restating, in a large or small way, themes expressed in the structure as a whole. Having spent much of his career in a late Victorian world that bristled with busy, fussy ornament for ornament's sake, Sullivan refuted the fashionable style with the now famous dictum "Form follows function." This break from tradition is perhaps most evident in Sullivan's strides to reimagine the commercial space--from America's earliest skyscrapers to the small-town banks that populated the architect's commissions in the second half of his career. In Louis Sullivan: Creating a New American Architecture, nearly two hundred photographs with descriptive captions document Sullivan's genius for modern design. Patrick Cannon introduces each chapter with key biographical information and discusses the influences that shaped Sullivan's illustrious career. Rare historical photographs chronicle those buildings that, sadly, have since been destroyed, while James Caulfield's contemporary photography captures Sullivan's existing Chicago buildings and many other structures in eastern and midwestern cities that are of equal importance in the architect's oeuvre.

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