Item Number: 108395
Title: WALTER BURLEY GRIFFIN and the Stinson Memorial Library : Modernism Comes to Main Street
Author: Kruty, Paul
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Description: St. Louis: Walter Burley Griffin Society of America., 2010. 24cm., pbk., 68pp., 60 b&w illus. Summary: Drawing on the priceless collection of letters and documents surviving at the library, Prof. Kruty recounts the story of the commission, design, construction and reception of the building. He then sets it in the contexts of Griffin’s career, the public library in America, and the architect’s intention to create a Modern representational public architecture. Along the way, Kruty provides new details about Griffin’s office staff in 1912-14, the contributions of Marion Mahony Griffin to the design, and the role of the general contractor, Paul F. P. Mueller—the person responsible for the actual construction of more of the great buildings produced by Sullivan and the Prairie School than any other individual, including, in addition to the Stinson Memorial Library, Adler & Sullivan’s Schiller Building and such works by Frank Lloyd Wright as the Larkin Building, Unity Temple, and Midway Gardens.
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