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by tomburtonwood, published

TWENTY SOMETHING SULLIVAN by tomburtonwood Oct 25, 2015

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Architectural Ornament 1881 – 1885
by Tom Burtonwood and Tim Samuelson

Louis H. Sullivan is often celebrated as a father of modern architecture. But if given the choice, it’s not what he would have wanted to be remembered for.

His advocacy was for directing the human powers of thought, reason and creativity towards bringing buildings and their component parts to vital life. As in nature, all parts would relate to the whole. And each would reflect the interpretive powers of the individual, including emotion-stirring beauty uniquely of the work of the individual creator.

By this process, a vital, perpetual modern architecture would be a natural result – not a hollow artificial goal.

Often forgotten are Louis H. Sullivan’s earliest works where these powers are most visually evident. His earliest buildings created while he was in his twenties push upwards from the ground and blossom against the sky. The ornamental details pulse with living organic energy juxtaposed with the modular geometry that is the essence of architecture.

Most of the buildings Sullivan created while in this twenties are lost, but many salvaged pieces of the ornamentation survive. Things that are alive need three dimensions to thrive.

Print Settings






Printed at 200 micron. Would love to see it at 150 micron


15 - 20%


These pages are 220mm H x 245mm L x 10mm D so they will either need to be printed on a larger format machine like the Z18, TAZ 5 or similar size print volume.


Use needle nose pliers and shears to clean up support material carefully. Be careful of the page connectors as they can split easily down the lamination layers.

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I'm totally making this!

Great work! I plan to show this to some art teachers I'll be presenting to. Do you also have an STL or CAD file of a blank page? It would be great to have students create their own booklets!

Brilliant work Tom! I really like how you included the history behind the pieces so that viewers learn who the creator was and what we are looking at. I wish more people would do that on Thingiverse. Excellent job.

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Great work for sure. Thank you for making the effort to share. Wouldn't it be easier to print if you rotated the prints 90 degrees and laid then flat on the print bead. Then you would not need all of the support?
Thanks again for sharing these great historical files.

Good question. With that orientation to get any kind of good resolution i'd need to print it at 0.1 - and i'd probably still need supports for the internal cavities. plus warpage is significant on those axes. Generally i like to print objects so that the way they are read is 90° to the grain of the plastic. i think this provides the best level of detail. Try printing them flipped as you suggest and see what you think.

How did you Scan these in?

mostly the Artec Eva and the Next Engine scanners. i think maybe one of them was done with Catch or Recap

Great Idea, and great work! I plan on making some of these.

Please do! Post your makes!

I love that you have done this. I really appreciate that not only have you taken the time to scan and save these details, but you have also put extra effort into sharing your work with other people and giving background to the original architect. Thank you.

You're welcome. Glad that you enjoy this. I have enjoyed making it. Check out the video i just posted to the page for more insight on our process.

Incredible work Tom!! Love the new bearing binding!