jueves, 19 de octubre de 2017

Burham and Root Augustus Byram residence Chicago, Illinois

Con ocasión de un viaje a Nueva York tuve ocasión de ver uno de los iconos de Nueva York como es el edificio Flatiron. Al mirar los datos sobre su historia comprobe que de su arquitecto Burham and Root tenía en mi colección una foto.
Este post es una actualización del post así como un recuerdo a la actividad de dicho arquitecto

architect: Burham and Root
owner: Augustus Byram residence
http://photocollection.alonsorobisco.es/architecture_index.html

 


 Chicago Tribune April 28. 1901. Byram' will

Obituario de Augustus Byram

 Archive org.

Full text of "City of Chicago Landmark Designation Reports


The Augustus H. Byram 
House was built in 1881 at 29th Street and Michigan Avenue. In contrast to the Kent 
House, the Byram House was faced with limestone and its detailing was derived more 
from the Gothic than from the Renaissance, but the massing and the French detailing 
indicate a striking affinity between these two designs. 
 
 
Daniel Hudson Burnham   
Daniel H. Burnham (1846-1912) was one of the earliest modern city planners and, with his partner, John Wellborn Root, the architect of the first American skyscrapers. At his death in 1912, Frank Lloyd Wright eulogized, "(Burnham) was not a creative architect, but he was a great man."
Daniel Hudson Burnham  gained his early architectural experience with William Le Baron Jenney, the so-called "father of the skyscraper."
In 1873, Burnham formed a partnership with John Wellborn Root (1850-1891) that produced such commissions as the Kent House, Masonic Temple, Monadnock Building, Reliance, Rookery, St. Gabriel's Church, and the Union Stock Yard Gate.  The Masonic Temple has been demolished.
He directed  the construction of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition that inspired the City Beautiful Movement, and created urban plans for San Francisco, Washington, DC. Chicago.

The Rookery. Frank Lloyd Trust

.....Amidst the atmosphere of experimentation and innovation that defined post-fire Chicago, the architectural firm of Burnham and Root rose to prominence. Daniel H. Burnham (1846-1912) and John Wellborn Root (1850-1891) formed their partnership in 1873. By the time they received the commission for The Rookery, in 1885, the firm had already established a strong reputation in tall commercial structures



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El edificio de estilo Beaux Arts fue diseñado por el arquitecto de la escuela de Chicago Daniel Burnham. Al igual que una columna clásica griega, su fachada de caliza y terracota está dividida horizontalmente en tres partes. El uso del acero en su construcción permitió que la obra alcanzase los 87 m de altura, lo que habría sido muy difícil empleando las técnicas habituales de la época.
El diseño inicial de Burnham era similar al del edificio que se levantó, pero mucho más elaborado en la parte superior y con las fachadas dotadas de numerosos escalones cerca del pináculo. También se distingue la esfera de un reloj, que de igual modo fue eliminada del diseño final.


En la Halic Collection del Art Institute de Chicago hay otra vista de este edificio

Title/Project Name Byram, Augustus, Residence
Street Address/Neighborhood 2909 S. Michigan Ave.
City Chicago
State/Province Illinois
Country United States
Date Designed or Built 1881
Architect/Designer/Creator Burnham and Root
Date of View c.1885
View or Detail Type Exterior
Image Notes view from NW from across the street before adjoining buildings existed
Caption/Inscription Text BRC: 3
Photographer Taylor, J.W. [Chicago] [?]

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