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Sullivan's city : the meaning of ornament for Louis Sullivan

Author: David Van Zanten
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Sullivan's City explores the idea that ornament was increasingly central to Sullivan's whole architectural enterprise. When, early in his career, in the 1890s, he emerged as a leading skyscraper architect of Chicago, ornament gave scale and quality to his work. After 1900, as his career declined, it served to identify his buildings and the humane conception they encapsulated in an increasingly hostile cityscape.  Read more...
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Named Person: Louis H Sullivan; Louis H Sullivan; Louis H Sullivan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Van Zanten
ISBN: 0393730387 9780393730388
OCLC Number: 43115061
Description: x, 179 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Contents: Entry on the Stage: 1881-1890 --
The New World of the 1890s: The Columbian Exposition and the Schiller Building --
Form and Reform c. 1900 Sullivanism as a Design System --
Why Sullivan's Houses are as Important as His Banks c. 1910 --
Finis, 1922-1924.
Responsibility: David Van Zanten ; photographs by Cervin Robinson.

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"Sullivan's City explores the idea that ornament was increasingly central to Sullivan's whole architectural enterprise. When, early in his career, in the 1890s, he emerged as a leading skyscraper architect of Chicago, ornament gave scale and quality to his work. After 1900, as his career declined, it served to identify his buildings and the humane conception they encapsulated in an increasingly hostile cityscape. Finally, the brilliant pencil execution of ornament in his old age became a surrogate for the great architectural projects realized earlier." "David Van Zanten's essay on how Sullivan's ornament shaped the city is illuminated by archival views and new color photographs by architectural photographer Cervin Robinson."--BOOK JACKET.

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