One of the forerunners of modern architecture was the firm Adler and Sullivan. I am a huge fan of this duo who I first learned about when living in Buffalo, New York. Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan worked together in the Chicago area from 1880-1895. At one point Frank Lloyd Wright worked as an assistant to the firm and was influenced by Adler and Sullivan. The genius of the team was the use of new materials and engineering in their designs.
Auditorium Building Chicago, IL (1890’s ) Source:White Architectural Collection, Cornell University
Old Stock Exchange Building, Chicago (1890’s). Source: White Architectural Collection, Cornell University
Louis Sullivan later went on to work in Buffalo on the Guaranty or Prudential Building that I saw and influenced my love of architecture.
Guaranty Building, 26 Church Street, Buffalo NY (1896). Source: Library of Congress.
Pan American map
Map of venue. Circa 1901.
Source: State University at New York at Buffalo, music library.
The Pan American Exposition in 1901 was held in Buffalo New York from May 1 to November 2. The fair was 350 acres and was held in the 8th largest city in the United States. An exciting time in history that even a US president came to visit the World’s Fair. There were educational exhibits showing electricity generated by Niagara Falls or people from far away lands. The wonder and excitement of science and faraway lands in your hometown was a heady experience for early 20th century Buffalo residents.
Three ladies on a bench
Night View of the Exposition
Liberal Arts Building
With all the excitement and splendor of this fair also came the sorrow following the assassination of President William McKinley.
William McKinley’s Last Address
Source of Imagery: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.