Carson Pirie Scott : Louis Sullivan and the Chicago department store /

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Main Author: Siry, Joseph, 1956-
Format: Book
Published:Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1988.
Series:Chicago architecture and urbanism.
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Siry's book analyzes the history and architecture of the Carson Pirie Scott store in Chicago, one of architect Louis Sullivan's most important buildings. Designed in 1889, and built from 1899 to 1904, it was Sullivan's last commission for a large commercial building, thus marking the culmination of his brilliant career as an innovator in the development of the tall steel-framed building. The book is well organized with chapters on Chicago's State Street and its 19th-century department stores, a chronology of the Carson Pirie Scott store's design and construction, and an analysis of its display windows and highly ornamented base, its upper facade, and its interiors. Siry emphasizes the importance of the building's design as a response to the specific character of the Chicago department store in 1900 and compares it to similar buildings in Chicago and New York. He also links it to later developments in modern architecture, especially to the steel-framed buildings of Mies van der Rohe. It is a thorough and scholarly monograph, beautifully illustrated with more than 100 photographs and drawings, including original construction drawings by Sullivan's office. Recommended for architectural historians and for students and professionals in American studies, history, engineering, and social sciences. -J. W. Stamper, University of Notre Dame

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