Louis Sullivan

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Louis Henry Sullivan was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 3, 1856. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is known today as the "Father of Modernism." He was one of the first architects to design skyscrapers and heavily influenced Frank Lloyd Wright.[1] In addition to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sullivan also studied at L’École de Beaux-Arts in Paris. One of the main characteristics of Sullivan’s designs was that “outward form should faithfully express the function beneath,” which is similar to the saying “form follows function.”[2] Sullivan's influence on Licking County can be seen at 1 North Third Street in the Sullivan Building in downtown Newark. This building, originally built as the Home Building Association Bank, is one of eight “jewel box banks” he designed.



  1. "Sullivan, Louis Henry." Chambers Biographical Dictionary (Bio Ref Bank) (January 1, 1997): Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson), EBSCOhost (accessed October 24, 2017).
  2. "Louis Henry Sullivan,” 2017, Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition, p 1.