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Adolf Loos [1870-1933]



Despite some of his character flaws—he was a product of his times—Adolf Loos has been in my Top Ten list for decades. I’ve been privileged to see several of his buildings in Vienna and Prague and hope to see others before it’s over. One footnote in Loos’s biography continues to fascinate: the fact that he made a trip to the United States in 1893, saw the World’s Columbian Exposition, and remained in the U.S. for three years, returning to Austria in 1896. Without access to his own personal papers (which I couldn’t read anyway), all the English language sources say is that he visited St Louis. Is that close enough to Iowa to warrant a purported visit by the architect who famously wrote Ornament and Crime?

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