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Louis Sullivan Society






"So remember, and bear ever in your mind
in your thinking and your doings, that 
that this is the law— a universal truth."

— Louis Henri Sullivan




While LPCI did not succeed in saving the Stock Exchange Building, LPCI's dedication has saved - and continues to save — many other landmarks in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Preserving Illinois is the mission of LPCI, and membership in The Louis Sullivan Society helps make preserving Illinois possible.


Members of The Louis Sullivan Society are invited to special programs and recognized in LPCI's quarterly newsletter, The CornerStone. The focus of programs will be the work of Louis Sullivan, but other great architects of Illinois landmarks will be featured as well including John Root and Daniel Burnham, David Adler, Martin Roche and William Holabird, Frank Lloyd Wright, Hugh Garden, George Grant Elmslie, Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and many others. LPCI plans that the Society will be an important scholarly forum on our rich architectural heritage.


"LPCI plans that the Society will be an important scholarly forum on our rich architectural heritage."


In addition, members of The Louis Sullivan Society receive all of the benefits of LPCI membership, including free admission to the Farnsworth House, LPCI's attractive and informative quarterly newsletter, The CornerStone; regular Preservation Briefs covering a wide range of preservation issues, and discounts on LPCI publications, merchandise, and member's events.

The Louis Sullivan Society is chaired by Judith Paine McBrien,  past president LPCI and president of Perspectives Media.


Advisor to the Founders Committee of The Louis Sullivan Society is John Vinci. Mr. Vinci is an honored architect, teacher and authority on the architecture of Louis Sullivan.



John Vinci


His Sullivan restoration projects include the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Floor at the Art Institute, the Auditorium Building, and the Carson Pirie Scott Store.


As a young man he labored with the late Richard Nickel to save many fragments of Sullivan buildings that faced demolition, including the Garrick Theatre.



Garrick Theater



The Society recognizes individual donors of $1,000 or more to the LPCI Annual Fund. The Louis Sullivan Society honors the memory and legacy of a great architect whose buildings inspired the preservation movement in Illinois and the founding of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois.



Chicago Stock Exchange  


The destruction of several of Sullivan's architectural masterpieces located in the Chicago Loop in the 1960's gave birth to the preservation movement in Illinois. Indeed, the threat of demolition of his  Chicago Stock Exchange Building resulted in the birth of LPCI in 1971 to save that irreplaceable masterpiece. Its entry arch is LPCI's logo, and it is memorialized in the magnificent Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards which LPCI confers each year to reward and stimulate preservation in Illinois.


left: Auditorium Building Theater (interior) right: Holy Trinity Church

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Help preserve  our architectural and historic resources! Your support makes a difference in protecting the heritage that is so important to all of us. LPCI invites you to be a part of preserving our architectural and historic resources by joining us as a Louis Sullivan Society member.

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