Archinect - News 2017-09-23T10:49:51-04:00 The Uses of Daylight Places Journal 2012-05-14T15:45:00-04:00 >2012-05-20T23:36:28-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>For retailers, daylight offered one additional advantage the advertisements did not mention: the implication of moral virtue. Large department stores were described as cesspools of fraud, filth, poor working conditions, child labor, anti-competitiveness, potential press censorship (because of their advertising clout), disease, drunkenness, savagery, prostitution, suicide and darkness. A well-lit interior, it was said, could do much to counter such negative associations.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Earlier this year on Places, Keith Eggener assessed the career of the now forgotten early 20th-century <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kansas City architect Louis Curtiss</a>, and argued that Curtiss's obscurity has less to do with intrinsic merit than with the politics of professional reputation. In a new article examining&nbsp;the Boley Building &mdash; a department store which featured one of the first glass curtain walls in America &mdash; he makes good on his claim that Curtiss's legacy deserves new attention.</p> The Midwestern Maybeck Places Journal 2012-02-07T05:46:00-05:00 >2012-02-07T16:37:47-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A dandy bedecked in flashy all-white outfits and a pince-nez, chain-smoking custom-made cigarettes that he ordered from a New York manufacturer in lots of 10,000... an early devotee of the motorcar, president of the local Automobile Club, and a notably fast and reckless driver... He paid his rent in gold coins, before moving to an opulently furnished, Oriental-themed downtown Kansas City apartment/studio building of his own design.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Why is Louis Curtiss so much less celebrated than Bernard Maybeck?</p> <p> On Places, Keith Eggener examines the career of the Kansas City architect, "designer of some of the earliest buildings in the world to employ caisson foundations, rolled steel columns and glass curtain-walls," who nonetheless remains a relatively obscure figure, well outside the canon of architectural history.</p>