1888 - Wright joins the architectural firm of Adler & Sullivan

The ambitious young Wright did not remain long with Silsbee’s firm. In early 1888 he secured a position with the prestigious architectural firm of Adler & Sullivan. The partnership produced many of Chicago’s earliest tall buildings and large commercial projects, including the famed Auditorium Building, which Wright would work on as a draftsman. Sullivan soon recognized Wright’s emerging talents, making the draftsman his personal assistant and spending hours mentoring him and shaping his philosophies.  Wright was profoundly influenced by Sullivan’s idea of a uniquely American architecture reflecting the Midwestern landscape and suited to a modern American way of life.


Auditorium Building, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, IL
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