Saturday, July 21, 2012

Every inch a proud and soaring thing

"It was the spirit animating the mass and flowing from it, and it expressed the individuality of the building."

This DVD was a pleasant find.  I'm a big fan of Louis Sullivan.  His story is a fascinating one.  He grounded his ideas in Walt Whitman's poetry, hoping to create a truly American architecture.  He was also interested in Germanic philosophers like Hegel, and established links with leading European architects of his time like Adolph Loos. In many ways, his life mirrored that of the architect in Ibsen's The Master Builder, which inspired me to turn my architectural thesis on the relationship between Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright into a play.

Pictured above is a corner of the Guaranty Building in Buffalo, New York.  One of his gems.  Very glad to see renewed interest in Sullivan.

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