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Projects by Chicago Architects - Tim Samuelson presents The Last Days of Louis Sullivan

  • The Cliff Dwellers 200 South Michigan Avenue, 22nd Floor Chicago, IL, 60604 United States (map)

Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in a series of lectures at the Cliff Dwellers on Projects by Chicago Architects: Tim Samuelson presents The Last Days of Louis Sullivan.

Louis Sullivan was one of Chicago and the world’s most important architects, but his later days are often portrayed as a grim period, with little work. Tim Samuelson argues that his final years were ones of optimism and achievement. After years of difficulties, Sullivan
needed a guardian angel and he found one in the fellowship of the Cliff Dwellers. Tim’s talk will both focus on Sullivan’s later work and touch on his many connections with the Cliff Dwellers. The talk is complemented by a show of Sullivan’s work, including original terra
cotta pieces and ornamental grills.

Tim Samuelson is currently the Cultural Historian of the City of Chicago and previously the Curator of Architecture and Design at the Chicago Historical Society. He is also an Honorary Member of the Cliff Dwellers.

Additional Info: The door and bar open at 4:30. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 and the program will begin at 7:00. The price per person for dinner is $25 and the program that follows is free. Reservations are required for dinner and requested for the program. They may be made by e-mail to and can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner and charges at the bar are by cash, credit card or charge to a member’s House Account.

Discount parking is available after 4PM at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State. Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.