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A Chicagoan in New York

At the end of the 19th Century, the center of avant-garde architecture was not New York, but Chicago, with visionaries such as John Wellborn Root and Louis Sullivan.
They argued against the use of historical elements, rejecting the fact that a modern understructure must be hidden behind a display of another age, later followed by Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. Sullivan claimed that new kinds of buildings required new kinds of architectural expression.

Louis Sullivan, Bayard-Condict Building

The Bayard-Condict Building is the only work of Louis Sullivan in New York. The building located at 65 Bleecker Street in NoHo was built between 1897 and 1899 in the Chicago School style.
The Bayard Building was one of the first steel skeleton frame skyscrapers in New York and the Department of Buildings raised numerous objections to the design before the plans were finally accepted.

Louis Sullivan, Bayard-Condict Building

Sullivan's ornate floral designs decorate the base and top of the facade, and across the spandrels below the window openings.
Figural sculptures of angels were added at the request of the client, over Sullivan's objections. Among other clients it houses the offices of the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Louis Sullivan, Bayard-Condict Building

Louis Sullivan, Bayard-Condict Building

Louis Sullivan, Bayard-Condict Building

Louis Sullivan, Bayard-Condict Building

Louis Sullivan, Bayard-Condict Building

Louis Sullivan, Bayard-Condict Building

Louis Sullivan, Bayard-Condict Building

Louis Sullivan, Bayard-Condict Building

Louis Sullivan, Bayard-Condict Building

Louis Sullivan, Bayard-Condict Building

Louis Sullivan, Bayard-Condict Building

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2 Responses to “A Chicagoan in New York”

  1. # Blogger koala

    Your blog is always so educational (and obviously inspiring above all)  

  2. # Blogger Books,

    Bonjour! Cedric,
    Nice photographs of the architecture in New York.
    Being an Art History major...
    I'am familiar with the names...
    Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Louis Sullivan, etc....
    Merci, for sharing!
    DeeDee ;-D  

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