FROUFROU ~ Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building - Louis Sullivan, Architect

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The Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building or Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Store, now the Sullivan Center, is a commercial building at 1 South State Street at the corner of East Madison Street in Chicago. It was designed by Louis Sullivan for the retail firm Schlesinger & Mayer in 1899, and expanded by him and subsequently sold to H.G. Selfridge & Co. in 1904. That firm occupied the structure for only a matter of weeks before it sold the building (the land under it was owned at the time by Marshall Field) to Otto Young, who then leased it to Carson Pirie Scott for $7,000 per month. Subsequent additions were completed by Daniel Burnham in 1906 and Holabird & Root in 1961. The building has been used for retail purposes since 1899, and has been a Chicago Landmark since 1975. It is part of the Loop Retail Historic District.

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Comments (73)

Martin Beitz on August 16, 2013

Great composition. YSL. Best wishes, Martin.

~Marlene~ on August 17, 2013

Manol... and... Martin...

Thank you both so much for the lovely comments and the Likes. I appreciate it very much! Extra thanks, Martin, for the special Y*... I am honored!

Best wishes, Marlene

Adriana Bruno on August 20, 2013

LIKE, interessante contrasto! Un saluto, Adriana

~Marlene~ on August 22, 2013

Thank you again, Adriana, for the kind words and your visit. I'm very happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

idahodon on August 25, 2013

I have never seen this! Great photo! L+F! Best wishes, Don.

~Marlene~ on August 25, 2013

You've never seen this building, Don? It is truly a magnificent work of art... not to be missed! Next time you're in Chicago, check it out. It's now called the Sullivan Center and there is a Target Store in it among other things, but the building is still intact & wonderful. Thanks so much for the Like & Y*. I am honored! Have a great Sunday...

Best wishes, Marlene

Diane MP on August 27, 2013

Wow, now this is why I need to go to Chicago. I only saw these things in Art History slides many (many) years ago. Gorgeous detail shot - LIKE!

~Marlene~ on August 28, 2013

Thanks so much, Diane... yes, this is real must see! The whole building is covered in this ironwork and it's huge. Quite a feast for the eyes! I'm happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on September 9, 2013

Masterpiece !Very beautiful facade ! SUPERB PHOTO !



My friendly greeting,Natuiska

~Marlene~ on September 10, 2013

This building is a masterpiece, Natuska! Thank you so much for your very long visit and the YSL. I am very honored!

Best wishes, Marlene

GWHoffman on October 28, 2013

Beautiful & strong graphic image. LK-60

Regards, Glenn

~Marlene~ on October 29, 2013

Thanks so much, Glenn, for the kind words and the Like. Both are much appreciated!

Best wishes, Marlene

~Marlene~ on December 11, 2013

Many thanks, Thierry, for the kind words and your visit. I'm honored by the YSL!

Best wishes, Marlene

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 8, 2013
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2013/08/03 16:08:12