Louis Sullivan played a critical role in establishing Chicago as a hotbed of innovative American architecture. Over the course of just two decades, he designed some of the city's most recognized and influential buildings, pioneering new ways of thinking about formal relationships, aspiring to what he called "the poetry of architecture." His innovation and leadership inspired his most famous student, Frank Lloyd Wright, to later call him the "lieber-meister" ("beloved master").
The Chicago History Museum is leading a citywide celebration
of Louis Sullivan beginning on the 150th anniversary of his birth,
September 3, 2006, and culminating with an international symposium
at the Museum on October 13, 14, and 15, 2006. A dynamic group
of partners are collaborating
on a comprehensive, six-week schedule of public programming leading
up to the symposium. This programming will consist of nearly two
dozen events, including tours, lectures, film screenings, and
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The Louis Sullivan at 150 website was produced by the Chicago History Museum and Your Plan B Company in collaboration with program partners.
This site is supported by a grant from the Graham
Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
The Chicago History Museum thanks the following staff members for contributing their talents to the Louis Sullivan at 150 website project:
Gary T. Johnson, President
Russell Lewis, Executive Vice President and Chief Historian
Phyllis Rabineau, Vice President for Interpretation and Education
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Julie Anna Welcher
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