Louis Sullivan’s designs stand—among stiff competition—as the preeminent exemplars of Chicago School architecture. He brought to his practice a conviction that ornamentation should arise naturally from a building’s overall design, restating, in a large or small way, themes expressed in the structure as a whole.
The designs adapted for this embossed notecard assortment combine Art Nouveau complexity with geometric elegance, and in doing so epitomize the Sullivan sensibility.
Contains three each of the following four images:
Adaptation from ornamental medallion on Schlesinger & Mayer (now Carson Pirie Scott) department store, 1899/1904
Adaptation from ornamental detail on Auditorium Building, 1887–1889
Adaptation from ornamental grillwork on Schlesinger & Mayer (now Carson Pirie Scott) department store, 1899/1904
Adaptation from ornamental detail on Getty Tomb, 1890
The shapes of the illustrations are embossed on high-quality recycled paper.
Contains 12 blank cream-colored notecards (3 each of 4 designs) with soft white envelopes in a decorative box.
Card Dimensions: 4.75" x 6"
Published with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.