Sullivan's City: The Meaning of Ornament for Louis Sullivan

This item is sold out

To view similar items click here.

Free Delivery on this purchase

Sullivan's City: The Meaning of Ornament for Louis Sullivan

David Van Zanten

Publisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyFormat: Hardcover

This unusual volume explores the idea that Louis Sullivan's ornament became increasingly central to architectural enterprise as his career unfolded. It argues that he used ornament to articulate the masses of the skyscrapers he built at the peak of his career and to humanize them in an increasingly hostile cityscape. In his impoverished old age, when important commissions no longer came to him, fully developed and exquisite pencil drawings of ornament served as a surrogate for the great projects he was no longer able to carry out. Cervin Robinson's beautiful photographs of Sullivan's work, supplemented by historical photographs of buildings no longer standing and reproductions of plates from Sullivan's crowning achievement, his book of drawings “System of Architectural Ornament”, illustrate the text by art historian David van Zanten.

GST Note: GST is included in the price of this item. GST is included in the freight.

Customer Reviews



Delivery time frames will depend on your location, please check the shipping calculator to see an estimate of when you can typically expect to receive your goods based on your postcode.

Loading content...
Loading content...

Sign Up Now

Sign up to receive upcoming auctions & special offers!

Privacy Statement and Consent: By providing your email address, you consent to us sending you our newsletters as well as promotional material, updates and further information about our products and services. Our Privacy Policy contains information about how you can access and correct your personal information, how to make a complaint, and how we deal with complaints.


Follow Us

We Accept

Follow Us


NSW Liquor Act 2007 - It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to or to obtain on behalf of a person under the age of 18 years.
NSW Liquor Licence LIQP770010049
Motor Dealer Licence: NSW MD13910, VIC LMCT11156, SA MVD277714, QLD 1700072, WA MD25136. NSW Motor Vehicle Recycler Licence: M057736
Grays (NSW) Pty Ltd is a credit representative (number 509214) of Pty Ltd (Australian Credit Licence 433137)

Download Our App