Day 86/365 of Steel – Dankmar Adler

Dankmar Adler, (born July 3, 1844, died April 16, 1900, Chicago), was an architect and engineer whose partnership with Louis Sullivan was perhaps the most famous and influential in American architecture. Together they designed influential skyscrapers that boldly addressed their steel skeleton through their exterior design: the Wainwright Building in St. Louis (1891), the Chicago Stock Exchange Building (1894), and the Guaranty Building in Buffalo, New York (1896).

Wainwright Building under construction
Fig 1: Wainwright Building under construction
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Wainwright Building in St. Louis
Fig 2: Wainwright Building in St. Louis
Author: Marcus Qwertyus

In 1881 the partnership of Adler and Sullivan was founded. The commercial buildings which they designed constituted a new architectural style with the essential features of modern building art. Adler acted as engineering designer and administrator, Sullivan as planner and artist. Adler wrote extensively on the technical and legal aspects of architecture and building construction. His most important paper is “The Influence of Steel Construction and Plate Glass upon the Development of Modern Style” (1896).

Prudential Building
Fig 3: Prudential Building
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Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan were early employers and mentors of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, whose consistent praise for Adler (“the ‘American Engineer’ my ‘Big Chief'”) surpassed even that which he reserved for Sullivan, whom he called his “lieber meister”.
P.S. : If aynone has a copy of The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan, i’m interested!

Prudential Guaranty Building
Fig 4: Prudential Guaranty Building
Author: TomFawls

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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