Louis Sullivan as He Lived: The Shaping of American Architecture, a Biography

Louis Sullivan as He Lived: The Shaping of American Architecture, a Biography

Louis Sullivan as He Lived: The Shaping of American Architecture, a Biography

Louis Sullivan as He Lived: The Shaping of American Architecture, a Biography

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It has been said in Europe that architecture is the one art to which America has made original contribution of the first rank. However that may be, American architecture, to a degree more recognizable than any other, has in the past fifty years entered into the design of European building. But the architect who pointed the way has remained in eclipse. As with Jan Vermeer, whose painting one marvels at whilst knowing little of the artist, so with Louis Sullivan: one sees his buildings--or at least his very principles embodied in countless other examples of modern architecture both American and European--without envisaging the master himself. Yet he was the man who first made an artistic structure of the skyscraper, and who in the same year (1891) invented the skyscraper "set-back." He brought imaginative architecture . . .

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