Context Is Everything

I’m mining HABS again today, and maybe for the next few days.

Apparently Montana is short on interesting buildings, as this is actually an entry: The Ryan-to-Rainbow 100 kV Transmission Line of the Ryan Hydroelectric Facility, West bank of Missouri River, northeast of Great Falls, Great Falls vicinity, Cascade, MT

But wait! There’s more:

Two Reads on Urbania: One Good, One Not

If you have have any interest in urban design, urban affairs, or transportation, read The Urbanophile. Consistantly great stuff…

On a different note, the Times just ran a piece on a guy intent on walking every street in NYC. My carefully-thought-out response: who cares? If he has interesting experiences, sees fascinating sights, has life-changing epiphanies, who other than him will benefit? There are plenty of ways to experience the city, not all of which are self-centered.

Also, that’s a lot of streets that are similar enough to become very, very boring.

Bonus Sullivan

I still haven’t got around to the projected series of posts on my favorite NY architects, but given the positive reaction to Louis Sullivan, here’s one of my favorite examples of how good he was: The Merchant’s National Bank of Grinnell, Iowa.

The front door:


Sullivan had his own style, but the best available architectural education of his era – at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris – taught that the plan had to match the section and both had to match the elevation. See for yourself:

Bleecker Than What?

Louis Sullivan designed one building in New York: a mid-block loft building in what is now NoHo but was at the time an industrial area – the original garment district.

Sullivan used a great deal of ornament on his buildings, usually in terra cotta. His Chicago buildings tend to be covered with vaguely plant-like ornament, but he went a bit more traditional/bizarre for New York.

Say hello to the nice winged lady.