Off the Shelf: Jeffrey Plank

Jeffrey Plank, associate vice president in the Office of the Vice President for Research, "Crombie Taylor: Modern Architecture, Building Restoration, and the Rediscovery of Louis Sullivan." William Stout Publishers.

August 24, 2010 — This book is the third of Plank's three-part series on architect Louis Sullivan, following "The Early Louis Sullivan Building Photographs," the 2001 book co-authored with Crombie Taylor, and "Aaron Siskind and Louis Sullivan: The Institute of Design Photo Section Project," which came out in 2008.

In 1954, Taylor, acting director of the Institute of Design in Chicago and an architect working in the modern idiom, undertook the restoration of Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Building at a time when Sullivan's work was rapidly being demolished.

While recognized primarily as a savior of Sullivan's architectural legacy, Taylor was an influential architect in his own right. His designs, and his tenure at the Institute of Design, helped create a bridge between Sullivan's era and the post-World War II Modernist era.

This book collects and reproduces, for the first time, photographs of Taylor's own buildings, his polychromatic stencils from Sullivan's Auditorium & Garrick Buildings, as well as Taylor's color photographs of Sullivan's art glass.