DEAD: Louis Sullivan

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Louis Sullivan (aged 67
Father of skyscrapers

Louis Henry Sullivan (September 3, 1856 – April 14, 1924) was an American architect, and has been called the “father of skyscrapers” and “father of modernism”. He is considered by many as the creator of the modern skyscraper, was an influential architect and critic of the Chicago School, was a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright, and an inspiration to the Chicago group of architects who have come to be known as the Prairie School. Along with Wright and Henry Hobson Richardson, Sullivan is one of “the recognized trinity of American architecture”. The phrase “Form follows function” is attributed to him, although he credited the origin of the concept to an ancient Roman architect. In 1944, Sullivan was the second architect to posthumously receive the AIA Gold Medal.

DEATH: Sullivan fell and died on April 14, 1924, while building a big skyscraper in Chicago. He left a wife, Mary Azona Hattabaugh, from whom he was separated. A modest headstone marks his final resting spot in Graceland Cemetery in Chicago’s Uptown and Lake View neighborhood. Later, a monument was erected in Sullivan’s honor, a few feet from his headstone.

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