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Sullivan's City : The Meaning of Ornament for Louis Sullivan - David Van Zanten

Sullivan's City

The Meaning of Ornament for Louis Sullivan


Published: 17th August 2000
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Among many books about the person and work of Louis Sullivan, this unusual volume explores the idea that Sullivan's ornament became increasingly central to his architectural enterprise as his career unfolded. It holds that he used ornament to articulate the masses of the skyscrapers he built at the peak of his career and to humanize them in an increasingly hostile cityscape. In his impoverished old age, when important commissions no longer came to him, fully developed and exquisite pencil drawings of ornament served as a surrogate for the great projects he was no longer able to carry out. Cervin Robinson's beautiful photographs of Sullivan's work, supplemented by historical photographs of buildings no longer standing and reproductions of plates from Sullivan's crowning achievement, his book of drawings System of Architectural Ornament, illustrate the text by art historian David Van Zanten.

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Entry on the Stage: 1881-1890p. 15
The New World of the 1890s: The Columbian Exposition and the Schiller Buildingp. 45
Form and Reform c. 1900 Sullivanism as a Design Systemp. 73
Why Sullivan's Houses are as Important as His Banks c. 1910p. 93
Finis, 1922-1924p. 133
Conclusionp. 153
Notesp. 155
Bibliographyp. 167
Indexp. 175
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ISBN: 9780393730388
ISBN-10: 0393730387
Series: Norton Books for Architects & Designers
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 17th August 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.31 x 22.45  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 1.14
Edition Number: 1