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Louis Sullivan

Architect and Father of Skyscrapers Louis Sullivan

Profession: Architect and Father of Skyscrapers

United States of America

Why Famous: Called the "father of modernism" and the "father of skyscrapers", he is considered by many as the creator of the modern skyscraper.

He was also a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright and was an influential architect and critic.

Born: September 3, 1856
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: April 14, 1924 (aged 67)

Historical Events

  • 1889-12-09 US President Benjamin Harrison dedicates the Chicago Auditorium, designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, then largest building in the US

Quotes by Louis Sullivan

  • "How strange it seems that education, in practice, so often means suppression: that instead of leading the mind outward to the light of day it crowds things in upon it that darken and weary it." - Education

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