Review by Choice Review
An important addition to the growing list of books on the architecture of Louis Sullivan, this volume analyzes in detail the eight small bank buildings he designed for cities throughout the midwestern US in the last two decades of his career. This is the first book on Sullivan to discuss these buildings alone and to place them within the context of his earlier theories on democratic architecture, ornamentation, and planning. Previous books, by authors such as Hugh Morrison, Robert Twombly, and Larry Millett, have either addressed individual buildings or have included the banks as a minor aspect of Sullivan's overall career. Weingarden's volume is especially valuable because for each commission it includes detailed information on the clients, the building program, the drawings, costs, and contemporary critical reviews. In addition, there are a number of previously unpublished black-and-white as well as color photographs by Henry Fuermann and Crombie Taylor. The author's intention is to demonstrate ways in which the banks were the logical product and culmination of Sullivan's philosophical shift from transcendental idealism, as represented in his early skyscrapers like the Guaranty Building, to pragmatic realism, which formed the basis for the design of his banks. Recommended for architects, art and architectural historians, and those interested in American studies, philosophy, and history.-J.W. Stamper, University of Notre Dame
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