Michael Mostoller

  • Louis Sullivan’s Ornament

    WHEN THE AUDITORIUM BUILDING OPENED in Chicago on December 9, 1889, Louis H. Sullivan, at the age of 34, had already become a master of his art and a popular success. The Auditorium Building provided Chicago with an architectural masterpiece—a fully realized plexus of form, expressive structure and ornament. It fused into a dynamic whole the sense of abstract form latent in the work of H.H. Richardson, the facts and techniques of an emerging technological era, and the sentiments of an age of romance, rhetoric and representation. Sullivan’s genius in 1889 was his ability to provide this synthesis.