Friday, April 24, 2009

Look around and smell the roses

The Bayard-Condict Building built in 1897-1899 by Architect, Louis Sullivan. His only building in New York City. I had to do research on this-it's just gorgeous, restored in 2000. Sullivan coined the phrase "Form ever follows function" and Mies van der Rohe later said "form IS function". I love how the organic ornamentation is so integral to the building design. It was certainly not a decorative afterthought. Interestingly, Frank Lloyd Wright worked up to becoming Sullivan's chief draftsman. (And later, was asked to design Sullivan's home.)

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