Louis Sullivan was without a doubt one of the most influential figures in American architecture. He can be credited with lying the foundation of todayís modern skyscrapers. In addition, he has produced some of the most magnificent ornaments seen in 19th and 20th century, which adorned his buildings.
On September 3, 1856, the future architect was born Louis Henri Sullivan in Boston, Massachusetts. His background was paternally Irish and maternally French. Louis led a sheltered childhood
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of Sullivanís buildings have faced demolition. However, an effort was taken on by the Southern Illinois University to collect and preserve the various ornaments on his buildings prior to their destruction. These samples of his work can be observed at the college museum. However, there still are structures of Sullivanís standing today. The rural banks that he constructed in Ohio between 1907 and 1920 have been considered by many to be his best remaining work.