The Small Town Banks of Louis Sullivan



This tour of eight bank buildings created by the master architect and scattered throughout the Midwest shows the design power and originality of the skyscraper builder following the precipitous mid-life decline of his career. But for these projects Sullivan might not have worked at all. As it was he barely survived during this desperate period of twenty years and died in poverty in 1924.

Yet each of these buildings is filled with ideas. They stand today as testament to his unique vision of the expression of democracy in architecture and the high functionality of his designs.

Funded in part by grants from JPMorgan Chase and the Graham Foundation.

This program is available on DVD (standard definition)
36 minutes