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Architect Of The Week: Louis Sullivan

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Architect Of The Week: Louis Sullivan

Wainwright Building
Known as the “father of skyscrapers” and “father of modernism”, architect Louis Sullivan was born Sept 3, 1856 in Boston, Massachusetts. Louis Sullivan grew up living with his grandmother and spent much of his childhood learning about nature on his grandparent’s farm. As Louis Sullivan become older and more successful he started teaching at schools and mentored Frank Lloyd Wright. His inspiration grew from his childhood as well as Renaissance art, he wanted to emulate Michelangelo’s spirt rather than replicate his work. I enjoy Sullivan’s work a great deal because he incorporates much classic architecture with strong modernism. If you look at the cornice of the Wainwright and Guaranty buildings two of Sullivan’s better known works you can see the traditional details. Despite having died in 1924, over 80 years ago, Sullivan is well regarded in architecture and design. His famous quote “form follows function” is essential to a successful room and home.

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