Louis Sullivan

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Louis Sullivan (1856-1924) is one of the best known American architects, and he is considered the father of modernism. Sullivan was born in Boston but lived in Wakefield (then South Reading) on Bennett Street with his grandparents and other family members. In 1862 his parents moved to Gloucester and then in the fall, back to Boston where they enrolled Louis at the Brimmer School. Louis' opposition to the plan was strong enough that his parents sent him back to South Reading to live with his grandparents and attend the West Ward Grammar School.

Sullivan's family spent brief periods living in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Boston before moving to Chicago. Louis remained in Wakefield, living with his grandparents and then with neighbors, the Tompsons, on Prospect Street. He commuted from Wakefield to Boston English High School and later to MIT before moving to Philadelphia to work in the office of architect Frank Furness. After one year there, he entered the famed Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France.