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Adler and Sullivan Architecture

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: Cornell University

Auditorium Building Chicago, IL (1890’s ) Source:White Architectural Collection,  Cornell University

Old Stock Exchange Building, Chicago (1890's). Source: White Architectural COllection, COrnell Univesity

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, Buffao NY. Source: Library of Cogress.

Guaranty Building, 26 Church Street, Buffalo NY (1896). Source: Library of Congress.

Buffalo Pan American Exposition 1901

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.

The Mall

The Mall

Three ladies on a bench

Three ladies on a bench

Night View of the Exposition

Night View of the Exposition

Liberal Arts Building

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

William McKinley’s Last Address

Source of Imagery: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.