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About Sullivan Center

Sullivan Center was designed by renowned Chicago architect Louis Henri Sullivan and is considered to be one of the most important structures of early modern architecture in the nation. The building was constructed in 1899, designated a national and city historic landmark in 1970 and restored in phases from 2001 - 2011.

To the onlooker, attention is immediately drawn to the aspects which give the building its Landmark status: the cast iron ornamentation which adorns the first two floors; the horizontal effect, created by the alignment of the large "Chicago windows"; and the cylindrical main entry rotunda which rounds the corner of State and Madison Streets. The ironwork represents some of the most famous art of its kind in the world and best illustrates Sullivan's ability to transform iron into lace.

In 2013 the Sullivan Center Complex participated in The Urban Land Institute’s Case Study program for Existing Buildings. To learn more about the Sullivan Center renovation and reconstruction process and the ULI case study program, click here.

To view a video overview of the case study, click here.

LeedSullivan Center is LEED EB Certified through the U.S. Green Building Council. The goal of LEED EB is to maximize operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts.

Sullivan Center has an Energy Star rating of 90!  ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

History

Sullivan Center is rich with Chicago history. To view the history of the Sullivan Center restoration, click here.

Awards

Urban Land Institute - Chicago
Sullivan Center
Vision Award
Historic Adaptive Reuse, 2013

AIA Illinois
Sullivan Center
Cast Iron Restoration
2012 Crombie Taylor Award

Landmarks Illinois
Sullivan Center
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Restoration Project of the Year
2011 Preservation Award

Chicago Building Congress
Sullivan Center
2011 Cast Iron Facade Restoration Award

The Victorian Society in America
Sullivan Center
2011 Exterior Preservation Award

Landmarks Illinois
Haskell-Barker-Atwater Buildings
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
2010 Preservation Award

City of Chicago – Office of the Mayor
Sullivan Center
Cast-Iron Restoration and New Storefronts
2010 Preservation Excellence Award

Friends of Downtown
Sullivan Center
2010 Best Restoration Award

Landmarks Illinois
Real Estate and Building Industries Council
Sullivan Center
2009 Outstanding Preservation Award

City of Chicago – Office of the Mayor
Sullivan Center
Exterior Renovation
(Haskell-Barker-Atwater Buildings)
2009 Preservation Excellence Award

City of Chicago – Office of the Mayor
Sullivan Center
Exterior Renovation and Cornice Construction
2006 Preservation Excellence Award

AIA Chicago
Sullivan Center
Cornice Reconstruction
2006 Divine Detail Award

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