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Name: Ronald E. SchmittPen Name: None Genre: History Born: 1939 in Alton, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionSchmitt was born in Alton, Illinois and currently resides in Champaign, Illinois. His book, ''Sullivanesque: Urban Architecture and Ornamentation'', is about architecture in Illinois.
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Sullivanesque: URBAN ARCHITECTURE AND ORNAMENTATION
ISBN: 0252027264 University of Illinois Press. 2002
Highly regarded in architecture for inspiring the Chicago School and the Prairie School, Louis Sullivan was an unwilling instigator of the method of facade composition--later influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, William Gray Purcell, and George G. Elmslie--that came to be known as Sullivanesque. Decorative enhancements with botanical and animal themes, Sullivan's distinctive ornamentation mitigated the hard geometries of the buildings he designed, coinciding with his "form follows function" aesthetic.
Masterfully framed by the author's photographs of Sullivanesque buildings in Chicago and throughout the Midwest, Ronald E. Schmitt's in-depth exploration of the Sullivanesque tells the story of its evolution from Sullivan's intellectual and aesthetic foundations to its place as a form of commercial vernacular. The book also includes an inventory of Sullivanesque buildings.