Summarizing Daniel Burnham's move toward, and education in Architecture --1) At Chicago's Central High he learns he can draw (thank you Miss Starr for noticing). 2) At the New Church Academy in Waltham, Mass, he is taught by young Swedenborgian Harvard graduate Joseph Worcester (who, later, becomes central to the Arts and Crafts Movement in San Fransisco. 3) In Cambridge, he is tutored by Hayward Brown Tilley who introduces him to the philosophies of William Morris, John Ruskin and WPP Longfellow. 4) In Chicago, he works for Sanford Loring (terra cotta expert and later, president of Chicago Terra Cotta) and William LeBaron Jenney (structural innovator and classmate at the Ecole Centrale of Gustave Eiffel. 5) He works for John van Osdel (Chicago's first architect) and W.B. Wheelock (Chicago old school architect and sometime partner of W. W. Boyington). 6) He works for Asher Carter (architect of Old St. Pat's) William Drake and Peter B. Wight (inventor of multiple advanced fire proofing systems.)
Art. Inspiration. Philosphy. Building Materials. Structural Engineering. A grounding in Chicago's Culture of Architecture. And a course in advanced Fire Proofing.
If this is attributable to his luck, Daniel Burnham was a lucky man. And if to his Faith, its time to learn to spell (correctly) Emanuel Swedenborg! And there was more good fortune to follow: Margaret Sherman and John Wellborn Root --- and that elusive Harvard Degree.
I've spent some weeks researching Daniel Burnham's early life and education -- Next week I'll begin again with his Architecture -- and a discussion of the FISHER BUILDING.
Interior Stair. THE FISHER BUILDING
Chicago School vs. a Classic renovaton. Structural Innovations and Fireproofing Systems. Elevators. Handcrafted ornament. The amazing kindness of Daniel Burnham. Lucius Fisher. Misplaced credits.....and rumors of a Hookah Pipe.
So, what's not to like?