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Louis Sullivan's Newark Bank
One hundred years ago a local banker and a world-renowned architect came together to build a striking new facility for The Home Building Association Company in Newark, Ohio. he Old Home celebrates the centennial of this collaboration by exploring the history of this remarkable building, and by examining the parallel lives of the banker, Emmet Baugher, and the architect, Louis Sullivan. In addition, two chapters place the structure and its aesthetics in the context of Sullivan’s philosophy of “form follows function.”
The Old Home is the first comprehensive account of the Newark bank, one of eight small-town banks built by Louis Sullivan in his twilight years. Dismissed by Frank Lloyd Wright as the remnants of Sullivan’s genius, these banks are now considered to be the magnificent culmination of his career. The Old Home examines the built environment surrounding the bank in 1914 and in 2014, and it integrates newly recovered documents, including Sullivan’s original cost estimates, with other historical evidence to tell the story of Newark’s “jewel box.”
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