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Louis Sullivan at 150 Years
Celebrating Louis Sullivan's 150th Anniversary

In 2006, the Chicago History Museum led a six-week series of public programs to mark the 150th anniversary of Louis Sullivan's birth. The culminating event was the Louis Sullivan at 150 International Symposium, held at the Museum. Click here to access audio recordings of the symposium presentations, including the keynote address by Jean-Louis Cohen.

This website serves as a record of the celebration and provides an extensive overview of Louis Sullivan's life and career. Click here to find out more about the programs held throughout Chicago to mark Sullivan's sesquicentennial.

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Important Dates

Starting July 11, 2006:
Louis Sullivan's Idea exhibit opens
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Starting August 30, 2006:
Sullivan Sesquicentennial
Grinnell College and the City of Grinnell are marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Louis Sullivan with a symposium and series of special events August 30-September 3. View event details


September 3:
Louis Sullivan's birthday!
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September 7: 11:00 a.m.
Louis Sullivan Celebration kick-off event
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September 11:
Louis Sullivan's Idea exhibit closes
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September 24: 3:00 p.m.
An Enchanted Afternoon - Celebrating Louis Sullivan and Holy Trinity Cathedral featuring Tim Samuelson and the Pan Orthodox Choir directed by Gordana Trubhovich
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September 26: 7:00 p.m.
Music of the Auditorium's First Golden Age
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October 13: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Louis Sullivan at 150 International Symposium, featuring Jean-Louis Cohen
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October 14: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Louis Sullivan at 150 International Symposium, featuring Daniel Bluestone, Joseph Siry, Lauren Weingarden, and Joanna Merwood-Salisbury
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October 15: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Louis Sullivan at 150 International Symposium, featuring Jean Castex, Wim De Wit, David Van Zanten, and full panel discussion
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