Reflections in Terra Cotta

AsEyeSee

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Reflections in Terra Cotta was selected as a Featured Work by the groups Full Frontal Facades in July 2011, and by All About New York State in June 2011.

“When the Guaranty Building was finished in 1896, it was ranked not only as Buffalo’s finest advanced-design office building, but one of the finest in the country as well. Designed by one of the most important architects of the 19th century, Louis Sullivan of Chicago, the building reflects the optimism and prosperity of the United States at the time.”

Today, it reflects the Erie County Parks Department building across the street. Captured by JD Brummer for As Eye See Photography.

“A forerunner of the style that would be known as skyscraper, the Guaranty was one of the first steel-supported, curtain-walled buildings in the world, eliminating the need for thick walls in order to support height. The original structure was in a U shape, with an open court to the south for natural light, faced in white glazed tiles to reflect as much light as possible.”

“The piers between the windows have strong vertical lines that draw the eye upward to the imposing cornice. Sullivan used intricate terra cotta ornamentation, with geometric motifs and naturalistic design of flowers, seedpods and the spreading branches of a tree at the top of the building to make the exterior attractive. Terra cotta, similar to fired clay, gives the look and feel of stone but is comparatively lightweight and inexpensive. It was one of Sullivan’s favorite building materials.”

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