Louis Sullivan in New York City

Day 1, I went straight out on the first of Susan Tunick’s fabulous Terra Cotta walking tours, dispite having allocated myself a rest day, I couldn’t help but get out and start what I’m here to do.

My first major sight is the explosion of terracotta that is the Bayard-Condict, 65 Bleeker Street. From the Chicago School of Architecture, the Bayard-Condict is Sullivan’s first solo work and the only building he designed in NYC.

Sullivan uses the malleable material to its full extent to embellish the structure. The terracotta would have been worked by hand after it came out of the mould to achieve the undercuts and give the forms their full 3-dimentional impact. The verticality of the building is also enhanced with, not only columns reaching to the cornice, but unbroken mullions strething up to the arches and winged angels towering above.

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