Building Restoration, and the Rediscovery of Louis Sullivan
In 1954 Crombie Taylor, acting Director of
Institute of Design in Chicago and an architect working in the modern
idiom, undertook the restoration of Louis Sullivan’s Auditorium
Building at a time when Sullivan’s work was rapidly being demolished.
recognized primarily as a savior of Sullivan’s architectural legacy,
Crombie Taylor was an influential architect in his own right. His
designs, and his tenure at the Institute of Design in Chicago, helped
create a bridge between Sullivan’s era and the post World War II
Modernist era. Later positions, including Professor and Associate Dean
for Architecture at the School of Architecture and Fine Arts at the
University of Southern California further established his reputation as
both an inspired restorationist and a gifted architect and teacher.
Taylor: Modern Architecture, Building Restoration and the Rediscovery
Louis Sullivan collects and reproduces, for the first time,
of Taylor’s own buildings, his polychromatic stencils from Sullivan’s
Auditorium & Garrick Buildings, as well as Taylor’s color
photographs of Sullivan’s art glass.
Plank is Associate Vice President for Research at the University
Virginia. Crombie Taylor: Modern Architecture, Building Restoration,
and the Rediscovery of Louis Sullivan completes Plank’s three-part
series on Louis Sullivan and architectural photography, building
restoration, and architectural history. The Early Louis Sullilvan
Building Photographs (with Crombie Taylor; 2001) and Aaron Siskind and
Louis Sullivan: The Institute of Design Photo Section Project (2008)
also were published by William Stout. Plank’s “Crombie Taylor, Aaron
Siskind, and the Adler and Sullivan Project” exhibit at the Illinois
Institute of Technology (co-curated with John Vinci) displayed in large
format the photographs and stencils reproduced in the Siskind and
Taylor books; it was acclaimed one of the ten most memorable exhibits
of 2008 by the Chicago Tribune.
10” x 12” cloth, 324
pp., pub. date June 2010