Louis Sullivan

1856 - 1924

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Louis Henry Sullivan (September 3, 1856 – April 14, 1924) was an American architect, and has been called a "father of skyscrapers" and "father of modernism". He was an influential architect of the Chicago School, 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". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Louis Sullivan has received more than 897,747 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Louis Sullivan is the 20th most popular architect (down from 19th in 2019), the 206th most popular biography from United States (down from 166th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Architect.

Louis Sullivan is most famous for his design of the Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building in Chicago, Illinois.

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Among architects, Louis Sullivan ranks 20 out of 424Before him are Frank Lloyd Wright, Oscar Niemeyer, Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Francesco Borromini, and Zaha Hadid. After him are Otto Wagner, Victor Horta, Frank Gehry, Adolf Loos, Henry van de Velde, and Apollodorus of Damascus.

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Among people born in 1856, Louis Sullivan ranks 8Before him are Nikola Tesla, George Bernard Shaw, Philippe Pétain, J. J. Thomson, Woodrow Wilson, and Frederick Winslow Taylor. After him are Archduchess Gisela of Austria, Robert Peary, Emil Kraepelin, Napoléon, Prince Imperial, Georgi Plekhanov, and Tongzhi Emperor. Among people deceased in 1924, Louis Sullivan ranks 8Before him are Franz Kafka, Giacomo Puccini, Anatole France, Woodrow Wilson, Joseph Conrad, and Alfred Marshall. After him are Gabriel Fauré, Carl Spitteler, Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Ferruccio Busoni, and George Mallory.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Louis Sullivan ranks 206 out of 15,968Before him are Denzel Washington (1954), Samuel L. Jackson (1948), Emily Dickinson (1830), B. F. Skinner (1904), Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866), and John Adams (1735). After him are Frank Zappa (1940), George Marshall (1880), Ronnie James Dio (1942), Samuel P. Huntington (1927), Philip K. Dick (1928), and Richard Gere (1949).

Among ARCHITECTS In United States

Among architects born in United States, Louis Sullivan ranks 2Before him are Frank Lloyd Wright (1867). After him are Buckminster Fuller (1895), Richard Meier (1934), Philip Johnson (1906), Robert Venturi (1925), Peter Eisenman (1932), Minoru Yamasaki (1912), Charles Eames (1907), Kevin A. Lynch (1918), William Le Baron Jenney (1832), and Cedric Gibbons (1893).