About this artwork
In 1910, John D. Van Allen commissioned Louis Sullivan to design a new department store for his family business in Clinton, Iowa. By this date Sullivan had few commissions and thus spent considerable time attending to his immediate projects. In frequent letters to his client (occasionally daily), Sullivan wrote of his design, guiding and persuading the client toward Sullivan’s desired end. In addition to more than one hundred letters, the collection includes financial documents and rare construction photographs.
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Contact the Ryerson and Burnham Art and Architecture Archives:
- Currently Off View
- AIC Archives
- Louis H. Sullivan (Architect)
- Sullivan/Van Allen Building Collection
- Clinton (Place depicted)
- Made 1910–1989
- Printed papers, typed correspondence, black and white photographic prints, and glass negatives.
- 1 oversize portfolio and flatfile materials: H.: 15.3 cm (6 in.)
- Gift of John B. Van Allen, 1970; Elizabeth K. Van Allen Trust, 2012; anonymous, c.2015.