After the catastrophic fire that destroyed the city, Louis Sullivan was considered a guiding light of Chicago's rebirth, helping to design several notable buildings. He sought to create new architectural concepts that would set the United States apart from its European past. He was hailed as a master craftsman for his Transportation building during the 1893 Columbian Exposition; yet his uncompromising ideals estranged him from both friends and clients. Sullivan wound up dying alone and forgotten in the 1920s, but his artistic legacy influenced dozens of architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright.
Join Edgewater Branch for a discussion on his life by reading either The Autobiography of An Idea or Louis Sullivan: His Life and Work. These titles will be available at the Circulation Desk or can be sent to other branches for pick-up. This program is a partnership with the Edgewater Historical Society.
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