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."
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
The Louis Sullivan Society is chaired by Judith Paine McBrien,
past president LPCI and president of
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
His Sullivan restoration projects
Exchange Trading Floor
at the Art Institute, the
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.
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
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.