Frank Furness: Architecture and the Violent Mind
"This first biography of the flamboyant personality whom Louis Sullivan dubbed "the dog man" shows Furness a man of his age, immersed in its most powerful currents and forces. It details his abolitionist upbringing in staid Philadelphia, the transformative experience of the Civil War (in which he served as a cavalry officer and earned a Congressional Medal of Honor), and its translation into swaggering architecture that met the needs for vivid commercial imagery in the Gilded Age. It recounts how Furness's rip-roaring professional style brought him success when he served a generation of veterans but helped make him a pariah in the transformed culture of America at the turn of the twentieth century.".