Democracy: A Man-Search

Democracy: A Man-Search

Democracy: A Man-Search

Democracy: A Man-Search

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Like many another American artist Louis Sullivan has had to wait for recognition. During his lifetime he did enjoy a brief period of fame, from 1880 to 1895, the years of his partnership with Dankmar Adler. Then, Sullivan was designing such famous structures as the Wainwright Building in St. Louis, the Chicago Auditorium (now Roosevelt University) and the Walker Warehouse; experimenting in the use of skeleton construction and contributing to the design of the skyscraper; and producing, as quickly as his pencil could travel across the page, sheet upon sheet of that ornamentation which Frank Lloyd Wright considered his greatest achievement. But this period of quick and even whirlwind success, when Sullivan was helping make the Chicago Loop what Sigfried Giedion later called it, the center of architectural development for the world, was followed by some thirty years of growing poverty and neglect.

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