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Louis Sullivan at 150 website. You could still see the restored spectacular theater of Adler and Sullivan's Auditorium Building . . .
Pilgrim Baptist Church became known as the birthplace of Gospel Music, burned to the bare walls in a fire set off by a construction worker using an acetylene torch on the roof.
acetylene torch to take apart a boiler in the basement started another blaze that destroyed Adler and Sullivan's Wirt Dexter Building on Wabash.
burned to the ground in a suspicious middle-of-the-night fire.
Today, seven years after that trifecta of disaster, the Auditorium still stands, although its tower's backdrop is no longer the blue sky, but the blue of VOA's new dorm for Roosevelt University.
shut its doors early in 2007 after over a century of doing business in Sullivan's landmark. In 2001, Carson's had sold the building to developer Joseph Freed, and before running aground against the disaster that is Block 37, Freed had made Sullivan's building their calling card, with a $190 million investment that included Harboe Architects leading a team that restored Sullivan's intricate cast-iron ornament . . .
22 South Wabash . . .
Gensler Chicago and the School of the Art Institute and its Sullivan Galleries on the 7th floor. Last year, the building was reborn as a handsome, two-level flagship for a flagship City Target, the retailer's concept for expanding beyond suburban malls into the center city.
Richard Nickel lost his life photographing another Adler and Sullivan masterpiece, the 1894 Chicago Stock Exchange Building, while it was being demolished in 1972. The trading room, lovingly restored by John Vinci, was reconstructed at the Art Institute. The great entrance arch was also saved and erected within a charming park at Monroe and Columbus, where you could actually walk through it . . .
2010: The Year of Louis Sullivan
Then, four years after the official 150th birthday anniversary, four seminal events finally gave Louis Sullivan his due.
Louis Sullivan's Idea, Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson's masterful overview of the life and architecture of the great architect. Designed by graphic artist Chris Ware, it made full use of the Chicago Cultural Center galleries with a a display of carbon filament lighting and supersize photos that gave you a real feel of what it must have been like to encounter the vanished buildings. Unfortunately, Cultural Center shows don't get catalogs, so the only thing left of this great show are the memories and this eccentrically shot video . . .
At about the same time, the Art Institute of Chicago mounted Looking after Louis Sullivan, a striking collection of photographs by John Szarkowski, Aaron Siskind and Richard Nickel.
labor-of-love documentary on the architects life and art.
The Complete Architecture of Adler and Sullivan, a landmark book that was an epic of scholarship and storytelling by Ward Miller, John Vinci and Tim Samuelson. First the first time, there was a catalogue raisonné of every project Adler and Sullivan worked on, lavishly illustrated, including a large number of eye-opening color photographs.
Finally, the legacy of Louis Sullivan was here for everyone to see, for all time.
Well, not really. Quite understandably, the first edition of The Complete Architecture of Adler and Sullivan sold out quickly. It is now out-of-print. Amazon.com lists copies from $450 to $1218. Another dealer will sell you one for $3508. 2010 ended with the book being acquired, along with the other assets of The Richard Nickel Committee, by The Art Institute of Chicago. There has been no second edition, and, so far, none has been announced.
Louis Sullivan: the Rodney Dangerfield of great architects.
Refinding, Losing (and abusing) Louis:
- Kaddish for a Legendary Church - Fire destroys Pilgrim Baptist
- Massive Fire Claims Adler and Sullivan's landmark Wirt Dexter Building
- Phantoms - Richard Nickel's Chicago (also out-of-print)
- Adler and Sullivan's Last Frame House on Hit List?
- Happy 150th Birthday Louis Sullivan - We've Burned Down Your Third Building This Year!
- Louis Sullivan at 150 - a new website and six-week celebration
- Louis Sullivan's Idea - a must-see exhibition
- Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture
- A Brigadoon Moment at Adler and Sullivan's Auditorium
- The architectural book of the year: The Complete Architecture of Adler and Sullivan
- White and Red and Louis all Over: Target opens in Sullivan's Carson Pirie Scott