Legacy

Furness’ influence played out as a method of working centered both in a method of logistical and logical planning that has continued to influence the best Philadelphia architects and in the careers of students, who having learned his method, applied it to buildings that shaped the twentieth century. His students beginning with Louis Sullivan (1873), William Price (1878) and George Howe (1913) incorporated the Furness method with their evolving design strategies to create Sullivan’s Schlesinger & Mayer Store in Chicago, Price’s Traymore Hotel in Atlantic City, and George Howe’s PSFS skyscraper in Philadelphia. © George E. Thomas