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Individual Author Record

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Name:  Ronald E. Schmitt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History

Born: 1939 in Alton, Illinois

-- Ronald E. Schmitt on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Schmitt was born in Alton, Illinois and currently resides in Champaign, Illinois. His book, ''Sullivanesque: Urban Architecture and Ornamentation'', is about architecture in Illinois.

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ISBN: 0252027264

University of Illinois Press. 2002

Highly regarded in architecture for inspiring the Chicago School and the Prairie School, Louis Sullivan was an unwilling instigator of the method of facade composition--later influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, William Gray Purcell, and George G. Elmslie--that came to be known as Sullivanesque. Decorative enhancements with botanical and animal themes, Sullivan's distinctive ornamentation mitigated the hard geometries of the buildings he designed, coinciding with his "form follows function" aesthetic.

Masterfully framed by the author's photographs of Sullivanesque buildings in Chicago and throughout the Midwest, Ronald E. Schmitt's in-depth exploration of the Sullivanesque tells the story of its evolution from Sullivan's intellectual and aesthetic foundations to its place as a form of commercial vernacular. The book also includes an inventory of Sullivanesque buildings.


Association of American Publishers' Professional/Scholarly Publishing (AAP PSP)

2002 Award (Honorable Mention)

for Architecture and Urban Studies for Sullivanesque

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