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Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM CDT

Tradition & Innovation

Sale 5000 Lot 7

Louis Sullivan (1856-1924) for the Peoples' Savings and Loan Association Bank Building
drawing design for a plaster band in wood frieze
Sidney, Ohio, 1917
paper, graphite
signed with LHS monogram
inscribed with dimensions
image: 11 1/2"w x 7"h

Gift of Louis Sullivan to William C. Presto
Purchased from Sylvia (Mrs. William) Presto, circa 1971
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Collection of Wilbert and Marilyn Hasbrouck, Chicago, Illinois

Twombly, Robert and Narciso G. Menocal, Louis Sullivan: The Poetry of Architecture, W. W. Norton & Company, 2000, p. 335 (illustrated).

Catalog Note:
If Frank Lloyd Wright popularized organic architecture, then Louis Sullivan was its progenitor. Despite only a five-year apprenticeship (1888-1993), Wright called Sullivan his "liebe Meister" ("beloved Master") for the rest of his life. The key precept Sullivan developed was that a building's essential nature could only be expressed through facade composition and organic ornamentation. In this extremely rare drawing — only a handful of Sullivan's sketches are in private hands — it is possible to observe the master's drafting process at work. In 1917, Sullivan designed the Peoples' Savings and Loan Association Bank Building in Sidney, Ohio. Here the rich detail of a plaster band in a wood frieze is intended to enliven and exist in harmony with structural components. The bank opened on May 31, 1918 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. In retrospect, Sullivan considered this bank building the finest of his career.

Estimate $20,000-30,000

Sold for $26,250