The Mystery of the Architect
An Architectural WebQuest
Created by  Carol Ueland

Introduction Task Process Resources Evaluation Conclusion Teacher Notes Works Cited
The Mystery Sherlock Holmes
You, Sherlock Holmes, are investigating a conundrum.  The list of people below are all involved with each other in some manner.  Your job is to find the link!  Along the way, you will investigate one of the suspects listed below and compile a dossier on him or her.

The Client Sherlock
You have been hired to find the common link among these people.  Working alone, you will compile the dossier.  Working with your peers, share information that you gather in your dossier to solve this problem.  The client is expecting a presentation at the end of your detective work.
 







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The Dossier Pen and Ink
Using the resources found by Dr. Watson, compile a dossier on your assigned architect.  Be sure to answer the following questions:

Any dossier would be incomplete without photos.  Try to locate photos or drawings of your architect and his/her famous work(s).  Make sure you save them to use in your presentation.

The client is expecting a PowerPoint presentation on your suspect.  Be sure to include answers to the above questions, pictures, and works cited.  The presentation should be a minimum of 10 slides; make sure your grammar and spelling are correct.
 





 

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Dr. Watson's Resources Gather round the table
Use the resources listed below to assist you in locating your answers.  Dr. Watson has been very helpful in giving you good leads.  You may need to do some research on your own, too.
 
 

The Suspects
The Resources
Daniel Hudson Burnham
Burnham
Great Buildings site—photos:
 http://www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Daniel_Burnham.html

 Chicago Architects: http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Landmarks/Architects/Burnham.html 

 Bio and buildings:  http://reference.allrefer.com/encyclopedia/B/BurnhamD.html

Frederick Law Olmstead
Olmstead
Life and works Includes links: http://www.fredericklawolmsted.com/ 

 Biography and philosophy:  http://www.newbedford.com/olmsted.html

Famous landscaping:  http://columbus.gl.iit.edu/bookfair/00054050.html 

Primary sources:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/chicago/filmmore/ps_olmsted.html

 Brief biography:  http://www.biography.com/search/article.jsp?aid=9428434

Charles McKim
McKim
Architecture of NY : http://nycarchitecture.columbia.edu/global/0241_key_figures.html 

 Archinform:  McKim obituary
 http://nycarchitecture.columbia.edu/global/0241_key_figures.html 

 Great Buildings site:
 http://www.greatbuildings.com/architects/McKim_Mead_and_White.html

 White House Historic Renovations: Charles McKim:
 http://www.whitehousehistory.org/02/subs/02_b02.html 

Columbia Campus:  http://www.morningside-heights.net/mckim.htm

Architectural biography:  http://www.encyclopedia.com/html/M/McK1im-C1h.asp

Brief biography:  http://www.bartleby.com/65/mc/McKim-Ch.html
 

Louis Sullivan
Sullivan
Lieber-Meister—The Louis Sullivan Page: 
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/1469/sullivan.html

 Louis Sullivan:  page from MIT: 
http://web.mit.edu/museum/chicago/chicago.html 

 Louis Sullivan—Great Buildings site—photos of famous buildings
 http://www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Louis_H._Sullivan.html

Brief biography:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/chicago/peopleevents/p_sullivan.html

Digital archive:  http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/sullivan.html

Chicago landmarks:  http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Landmarks/Architects/Sullivan.html

John Wellborn Root
Root
Archinform article—includes photos;
http://www.archinform.net/arch/2693.htm?ID=8kpfHPlOYmD0wegJ

Great Buildings:  Burnham and Root article:
http://www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Burnham_and_Root.html 

Brief biography:  http://reference.allrefer.com/encyclopedia/R/Root-Joh.html

Primary source:  http://columbus.gl.iit.edu/bookfair/00054063.html

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel
Eiffel
Great Buildings website:   http://www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Gustave_Eiffel.html

Brief biography:  http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/people/A0816878.html

Eiffel Tower:  http://www.endex.com/gf/buildings/eiffel/eiffel.html

Eiffel Tower history:  http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/E/EI/EIFFEL_TOWER.htm
 

George B. Post

Missing Post

Great American architect:  http://www.nyhistory.org/previous/post/gpost.html

Biography:
http://www.archINFORM.net/arch/3163.htm?ID=df47eb36d7e415529ed74374fb197f14

Biography and links:  http://www.artnet.com/library/06/0689/T068945.asp

Buildings:  http://www.cupola.com/html/bldgstru/revival/reviva06.htm

Famous buildings:  http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/tallnyw.html

Richard M. Hunt
Hunt
Brief bio and links:  http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/rmhunt.html

Primary source:  http://columbus.gl.iit.edu/bookfair/00144043.html

Famous building:  http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/ncarolina/biltmore/biltmoreintro.html

George Ferris
Ferris
Primary source:  http://columbus.gl.iit.edu/bookfair/00134062.html

Primary source:  http://www.carnegielibrary.org/exhibit/neighborhoods/northside/nor_n105.html

Primary source:
http://www.clpgh.org/exhibit/neighborhoods/northside/nor%5Fn105b.html

Famous building:  http://users.vnet.net/schulman/Columbian/ferris.html

Brief biography:  http://www.biography.com/search/article.jsp?aid=9293959&search=George+Ferris

Biography:  http://www.rpi.edu/dept/NewsComm/sub/fame/inductees/georgeferris.html

Biography:  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wanda/ferriswheel.html

Sophie Hayden
Hayden
Primary source:  http://columbus.gl.iit.edu/bookfair/00074065.html

Women architects:  http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi1247.htm

Biography:  http://w3.mit.edu/museum/chicago/bennett.html

Biography:  http://www.distinguishedwomen.com/biographies/hayden-s.html

Famous Building:  http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/1893/1893_womens.jpg

Charles Atwood
Atwood
Famous Buildings:  http://www.archINFORM.net/arch/3164.htm?ID=ff27d2f1475443ca8741679a848fc1f7

Famous building:  http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Landmarks/M/MuseumScienceIndustry.html

Info of work:  http://members.aol.com/dahlia773/colexpo.htm

Brief biography:  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~attwood/notables_index.htm

Frank Lloyd Wright
Wright
Famous buildings:  http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/FLW.html

Organic architecture:  http://www.pbs.org/flw/legacy/index.html

3D models of famous works:  http://www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Frank_Lloyd_Wright.html

Links to FLW:  http://www.delmars.com/wright/flwright.htm

Brief biography:  http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/1469/flw_il.html

Biography:  http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/1469/flw_life.html?id=61






 

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Will You Earn Your Fee? Red Sherlock Smoking Pipe
 
Ferris Wheel
Your Investigation needs further consideration!
You have certainly earned your fee, good job!
Most Definitely, Superb job!
Grammar and Spelling Grammar AND spelling errors noted Grammar OR spelling errors noted No grammar or spelling errors noted
Questions Answered Answered less than 5 questions listed above Answered 5 - 9 questions listed above Answered ALL questions listed above
Pictures Included Less than 5 pictures included 5 - 10 pictures included More than 10 pictures included
Famous Works Included No mention of famous works Mentions 1 famous work Mentions more than 1 famous work
World Events Included No mention of world events Brief mention of world events Discusses how world events affected architect and his/her designs
Presentation Contains less than 10 slides Contains 10 slides Contains more than 10 slides
Works Cited Contains less than 3 works cited Contains 3 - 5 works cited Contains more than 6 works cited







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Conclusion Sherlock in Chair
Upon completing your presentation, you will have a good sense of the architects who worked at the turn of the century, the styles they followed and some of the issues they faced while trying to build their designs.  Hopefully you were able to find the "common link" among this group and solve the conundrum.  So many changes in styles, methods for building, and landscaping occurred during this time period.  Can you feel the excitement?
 





 

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Teacher's Notes
 
Book Cover This WebQuest was designed for use with High School students taking a CAD course and an Intro to Architectural Design course.  I came upon the concept for this WebQuest after reading the novel "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson.

This WebQuest complies with the NYSED Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science and Technology and English Language Arts.

Works Cited
In addition to the sites listed above as resources, the following sites were also accessed:
http://download-free-pictures.com/fiction/sherlock-holmes.html
http://www.oldtimeclipart.com/clipart/frame_cat_w_odds.html
http://www.billybear4kids.com/victorian/lines-misc.html
http://columbus.gl.iit.edu/bookfair/00134062.html
http://columbus.gl.iit.edu/bookfair/00074065.html
http://columbus.gl.iit.edu/bookfair/00144043.html
http://columbus.gl.iit.edu/bookfair/00054050.html
http://columbus.gl.iit.edu/bookfair/00054063.html
Landau, Sarah. 1998. George B. Post, Architect. New York:  The Monacelli Press.

Special thanks to Sharon Davis, Library Media Specialist, for assistance in locating some of these great sites.
 






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