Architect Louis Sullivan 's Views On Architecture

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Since the dawn of Modern Architecture, the use of ornamentations on structures has been questioned for its purpose. Many buildings, from Greek or Roman temples, to our modern-day skyscraper can be recognized as having ornamentation. Mass and proportion have been cited as being the priority of a design. Architect Louis Sullivan believes ornamentation should have a purpose and be integrated the relationship of the building’s structure. The Hollyhock House’s harmonious use of ornamentation does not distract from the mass and proportions of the building and therefore aligns with Architect Louis Sullivan’s views on ornaments in architecture. Before finding out what Louis Sullivan’s views were, we must look at why his theory would be able to hold such weight. Born on September 3, 1856 in Boston Massachusetts, Louis Sullivan was considered by many to be one of the fathers of modern architecture in America (Louis Sullivan). Sullivan began his career as an architect when he partnered with Architect Dankmar Adler, producing 100 building collaborations in their 14-year partnership (Louis Sullivan). Chicago was seen as the proving grounds for an era of architecture we now call “Modern Architecture.” Sullivan helped lead this era with his involvement in the architecture group called Chicago School. This group of architects were pushing the envelope on what is possible to be created with modern materials (Chicago). They paved the way for the development of skyscrapers with the
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