Adler & Sullivan

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Adler & Sullivan was an architectural firm founded by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan in Chicago. Among its projects was the multi-purpose Auditorium Building in Chicago[1] and the Wainwright Building skyscraper in St Louis.[2] In 1883 Louis Sullivan was added to Adler's architectural firm, creating the Adler & Sullivan partnership.[3] According to Architect Ward Miller:

Adler & Sullivan are most associated with being an innovative and progressive architectural practice, forwarding the idea of an American style and expressing this in a truly modern format. Their work was widely published and at the forefront of building construction. Their buildings and especially their multipurpose structures . . . were unequaled. Furthermore, the expression of a tall building, its structure with a definite base, middle section or shaft and top or cornice was a new approach for the high building design. These types of tall structures developed into a format. . . . Even today, the vertical expression of a building employs these design principals.[4]

Adler, with his engineering prowess and facility with acoustics became seen as the business genius of the partnership, while Sullivan, known for his great design talent, is recounted as the artist.[5]

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  1. ^ Korom, Joseph J. (2008). The American Skyscraper, 1850-1940: A Celebration of Height. Branden Books. pp. 495. ISBN 978-0-8283-2188-4.
  2. ^ Korom, Joseph J. (2008). The American Skyscraper, 1850-1940: A Celebration of Height. Branden Books. pp. 507. ISBN 978-0-8283-2188-4.
  3. ^ Morrison, Hugh; Timothy J. Samuelson (2001). Louis Sullivan, prophet of modern architecture. Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. p. 262. ISBN 0-393-32161-4.
  4. ^ Welton, J. Michael (2011-01-19). "The Architecture of Adler & Sullivan". Dwell. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  5. ^ Elstein, Rochelle Berger (2005). "Adler & Sullivan: The End of the Partnership and Its Aftermath". Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. 98 (1/2): 51–81. ISSN 1522-1067. JSTOR 40193681.