Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924

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Birth 1856-09-03
Death 1924-04-14
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Architect.

From the description of Louis H. Sullivan photographs and drawings, circa 1868-1924. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 505720020

From the description of Frank Lloyd Wright collection of Louis Henry Sullivan drawings, circa 1873-1910, (bulk circa 1883-1895). (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122632888

American architect, born Sept. 3, 1856 in Boston, Massachusetts. He studied architecture under William Ware and Eugene Letang at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sullivan moved to Chicago in 1873 and obtained work with William LeBaron Jenney. Studied at the Ecole de Beaus-Arts in Paris for brief time in 1874 before returning to Chicago where he worked as a draftsman in the office of Joseph S. Johnston & John Edelman. In 1879 Sullivan joined the firm of Dankmar Adler and by 1883 had become a partner in the firm of Adler & Sullivan. The firm designed over 180 buildings during its existence, primarily residential, and office buildings. The firm employed a number of young draftsmen and architects--Frank Lloyd Wright, George Elmslie and William Purcell-- who, influenced by Sullivan's philosophy, would develop the Prairie Style of architecture. Adler left the firm in 1895. Sullivan's practice began to decline over the next five years but he did complete one of his most famous designs for the Schlesinger and Mayer department store (later Carson, Pirie, Scott) in Chicago. After the turn of the century Sullivan's practice consisted mainly of small banks and commercial buildings in the Midwest, most notably the Farmer's National Bank in Owatanna, Minnesota. Sullivan died April 14, 1924.

From the guide to the Louis H. Sullivan architectural drawings, 1875-1922, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

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