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Louis Sullivan was without a doubt one of the most influential figures in American architecture He can be credited with lying the foundation of todays 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 as result of the civil war and spent a good deal of time on his grandparents farm outside of the city It is here that Sullivan developed an intense concept of nature which would be apparent in his later work By the age of twelve Louis decided to pursue a career in architecture Moses Wilson one of Sullivans high school teachers introduced him to the disciplines of silence attention and alertness which are necessary components of the abilities to observe reflect and discriminate These would serve to help him in his career pursuits Asa Gray a botanist from Harvard who lectured at his school caught his interest in the morphology of plants At the age of sixteen he was admitted two years early to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sullivans first employment came as a draftsman for the architectural firm Furness and Hewitt in Philadelphia which he felt was best suited to his tastes The economic panic of 1837 forced resulted in his layoff from the firm and his relocation to Chicago It was here that he went to work for Major William LeBaron Jenney It was not long before Louis had aquatinted himself with numerous other architects in the city the most important of whom would turn out to be John Edelman The summer of 1874 showed Sullivan travelling overseas to the Ecole des Beaur Arts in Paris After passing rigorous admission tests he studied geometric
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