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Louis Sullivan: Creating a New American Architecture


On the eve of the 20th century, Chicago was rapidly outgrowing its borders. Architect Louis Henry Sullivan (American, 1856–1924) answered the demand for more office space, theaters, department stores, and financial centers by pioneering what would become an essential model for city life—the skyscraper. Blending Art Nouveau complexity with geometric elegance, Sullivan’s tall buildings included Chicago’s Auditorium Building, the largest building in the world when it was completed in 1889. Sullivan’s design was heralded as the Wonder of the Age—a title equally fitting for the architect himself. In Louis Sullivan: Creating a New American Architecture, nearly 200 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.
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book, with jacket
192 pages, with more than 150 color photographs
Includes selected bibliography and an index of buildings

Photography by James Caulfield

• High-quality, premium stock matte art paper
• Exceptional color reproduction
• Printed with soy-based inks
• Sewn binding ensures long-lasting enjoyment

Size: 10 x 8.875 in.

ISBN 9780764957710