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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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About this Site

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 classes.

If you have any questions, please call 312.642.4600.

Website Credits:

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

Collections and Curatorial Affairs
John Russick
Julie Anna Welcher

Nathaniel Arata
Jill Darrah

Marketing and Sponsorships
Lauren Dolan
Melissa Hayes

Print and Multimedia Publications
Rosemary Adams
Enrique Gonzalez
Nancy Ross

National Farmers' Bank, model, c.1905
R&B Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago


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