The Rise Of The Skyscraper And The Fall Of Louis Sullivan

He showed the way to the future and then was stranded there, at odds even with his own aesthetic sensibility

If a single building type can—and should—be identified with twentieth-century American architecture, it is the skyscraper. Tall buildings were the stuff of the stories told by the legions of European immigrants whose first glimpse of America was the southern tip of Manhattan Island, bristling with its towers. They remain a symbol of American corporate power. They are the way Americans describe how high Superman can leap in a single bound. Read more »