Peisch, Mark L.

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Mark Lyons Peisch (b. 1921) received his B.A. in History and History of Art from Dartmouth College in 1944. At Dartmouth, he was introduced by Professor Hugh Morrison, noted scholar of Louis Sullivan, to the work of Chicago School architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. After his release from military service in 1947, Peisch taught briefly at Dartmouth before entering Columbia University in 1949 as a graduate student in the Department of Fine Arts and Archeology. While researching his doctoral thesis on the Griffins and their contemporaries, Peisch counted as his mentors such noted historians and scholars as William Bell Dinsmoor, Talbot Hamlin, Adolf Placzek, Jacques Barzun, Meyer Schapiro, and Rudolph Wittkower. While a graduate student, Peisch also held various positions within the university's administration and, under the direction of Everard Upjohn, regularly taught the "Masterpieces of Fine Arts" course within the Core Curriculum program of Columbia College. Peisch was awarded his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1959 with the completion of his dissertation "The Chicago School and Walter Burley Griffin, 1893-1914: Growth and Dissemination of an Architectural Movement and a Representative Figure," which was published in 1964 by Columbia University Press and Random House as "The Chicago School of Architecture: Early Followers of Sullivan and Wright." Although Peisch primarily held positions in academic administration at Columbia University and other institutions throughout his career, he continued his interest in the architects of the Prairie School, writing entries on Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin for Macmillan Encyclopedia and serving as a consultant for the 1999 documentary "Walter Burley Griffin: In His Own Right."

From the description of Mark L. Peisch correspondence and papers, 1903-1997. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 265033218

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referencedIn Allen Carrier Blaisdell papers, 1916-1966 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Peisch, Mark L. Mark L. Peisch correspondence and papers, 1903-1997. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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correspondedWith Blaisdell, Allen Carrier, b. 1897 person
associatedWith Byrne, Francis Barry, 1883-1967. person
associatedWith Elmslie, George Grant, 1871-1952. person
associatedWith Griffin, Marion Mahony, 1871-1961. person
associatedWith Griffin, Walter Burley, 1876-1937. person
associatedWith Purcell, William Gray, 1880-1965. person
associatedWith Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. person
associatedWith Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Chicago school of architecture (Movement)
Prairie school (Architecture)


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