Paleo Retiree writes:
A spectacularly cushiony and lacy column capital from the 1899 Bayard-Condict Building, the only project that the legendary Chicago School architect Louis Sullivan ever built in New York City:
Could that mofo draw or what? Intense training in drawing used to play a major role in the education of architecture students. No longer.
By the way, I have no idea if this particular column capital is an original or a reproduction. In 2000, when renovation work was begun on the building, it was found that only one of the original column capitals had survived, so the others were modeled on it.
One of the more demented assertions that was peddled in the Modernism-besotted architecture history classes I attended back in the ’70s was the notion that the Bayard-Condict Building (as well as other Louis Sullivan works) were great because they were proto-Modernist. I remember thinking that one over really hard. Impossible to dispute that Sullivan’s buildings were…
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