This tour will feature the architecture, history, and adaptive re-use of Louis Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott department store (1898-1906), now a mixed-use building known as the Sullivan Center. The grid-like elevations of the 12-story steel framed building, sheathed in white terra cotta, epitomize the structural expressionism indicative of “Chicago School” skyscrapers while its rounded entrance pavilion and cast-iron storefronts display Sullivan’s unique artistic sensibility. The exterior of the building underwent a meticulous decade-long restoration in recent years that included the replacement of a long-missing cornice and colonnade. Ward Miller, Executive Director of Preservation Chicago, will lead this tour.
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