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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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Related Resources - Books

A System of Architectural Ornament, 1924
By Louis H. Sullivan


The Autobiography of an Idea, 1956
By Louis H. Sullivan


Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store, 1988
By Joseph M. Siry


The Charnley House: Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and The Making of Chicago's Gold Coast, 2004
By Richard Longstreth, ed.


Chicago architecture, 1872-1922: birth of a metropolis, 1987
By: John Zukowsky; Robert Bruegmann


The Chicago Auditorium Building: Adler and Sullivan's Architecture and the City, 2002
By Joseph M. Siry


Constructing Chicago, 1993
By Daniel Bluestone


The Curve of the Arch: The Story of Louis Sullivan's Owatonna Bank, 1985
By Larry Millett


The Early Louis Sullivan Building Photographs, 2001
By Jeffrey Plank, et al


Fragments of Chicago's Past: The Collection of Architectural Fragments at The Art
Institute of Chicago, 1990 By Pauline Saliga, ed.


Kindergarten Chats and Other Writings, 1968
By Louis H Sullivan


Louis Sullivan: The Banks, 1987
By Lauren Weingarden


Louis Sullivan: The Function of Ornament, 1996
By Wim De Wit (Editor)


Louis Sullivan: his life and work, 1986
By Robert C Twombly


Louis Sullivan: The Poetry of Architecture, 2000
By Robert Twombly, Narciso G Menocal


Louis Sullivan: Prophet of Modern Architecture, originally published 1935
By Hugh Morrison, new edition with introduction by Timothy J. Samuelson


Louis H. Sullivan: A System of Architectural Ornament, 1990
By Lauren Weingarden


Louis Henry Sullivan, 1992
By Hans Frei


Louis Henry Sullivan, 1996
By Mario Manieri Elia


The Prairie School: Frank Lloyd Wright and His Midwestern Contemporaries, originally published 1972
By H. Allen Brooks


Purcell & Elmslie Prairie Progressive Architects, 2006
By David Gebhard, Edited by Patricia Gebhard


Roots of Contemporary American Architecture, 1972
By Lewis Mumford


The Sky's the Limit: A Century of Chicago Skyscrapers, 1990
By Pauline Saliga, John Zukowsky and Jane Clarke


Sullivan as He Lived: The Shaping of American Architecture: A Biography, 1960
By Willard Connely


Sullivan's City: The Meaning of Ornament for Louis Sullivan, 2000
By David Van Zanten


The Trading Room: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Stock Exchange, 1989
By John Vinci


Three American Architects: Richardson, Sullivan, and Wright, 1865-1915
James F. O'Gorman


Wirt Dexter Building; courtesy Commission on Chicago Landmarks

This site is supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.