Sullivan Studies at the École des Beaux-Arts

After six fruitful months with William Le Baron Jenney, Louis Henry Sullivan decided to return to school for theoretical grounding, this time to the acknowledged source of architectural wisdom, Ecole des Beaux Arts.

Louis Henry Sullivan sailed from New York in July 1874, arrived in Paris in August and, after a period of determined preparation, entered the Ecole in October wherere Louis Henry Sullivan remained for approximately three months. But Louis Henry Sullivan found the Ecole as disappointing as MIT, in large part because of its concentration on Renaissance and classical ideas. After a tour of southern France and northern Italy, where Louis Henry Sullivan was staggered by Michelangelo's work, especially at the Sistine Chapel, Louis Henry Sullivan returned to Chicago in June 1875 as a free-lance draftsman.