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Louis Sullivan

by: Brittney Schrader
Brittney Schrader
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Lecture notes from Louis Sullivan discussion and visit to the Lovejoy Library collection.
History of Museums
Dr. Poole-Jones; Dr. Paulette
Class Notes
Architecture, Art, ArtHistory
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Brittney Schrader on Tuesday October 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to IS 399-002 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville taught by Dr. Poole-Jones; Dr. Paulette in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see History of Museums in Art History; History at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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Date Created: 10/04/16
Louis Sullivan (1856­1924) A. Architect and writer (equally important) a. Known as “father” of American architecture/skyscraper B. Born in Boston, MA; moved to Chicago in 1873 (post fire); studied architecture at  M.I.T and in Paris, France C. Known for exploring the potential of new materials during industrial revolution,  a. Ornamentation D. Famous for phrase “Form follows Function” a. Architecture must express its function or role b. Nature has an important role in inspiring ornamentation in  architecture I. J.L Charles Garnier, The Opera, Paris A. Industrial Revolution­ new materials of cast/wrought iron and  steel, mass production 1. Most buildings were a mis­mashed styles of  classical, baroque, and neoclassical architecture  II. Sullivan, Transportation Building, 1893 World’s Fair, Chicago A. Multicolored building in contrast to other white beaux­art  structures 1. Meant to showcase the possibilities of modern  architecture 2. Only award winning building at the fair 3. Sullivan was of the belief that architecture needed  to supercede “outmoded” styles and ideals; architecture was a way to  “better” society a) Energized ornamentation was to  reflect an organic, utopian belief III. Richard Nickel and the Louis H. Sullivan Architectural Ornamentation Collection  at SIUE A. Many of Sullivan’s buildings in Chicago were demolished  B. Nickel began collecting and photographing pieces of  ornamentation for collection 1. Wanted the collection treated as art objects 2. Kept most of his collected pieces at his parents’  home while trying to find a place for them 3. Crushed to death in 1972 while excavating pieces  from the Chicago Stock Exchange building 4.


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