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Louis Sullivan is often deemed the most important pioneer in American commercial architecture, and this historic city center is one of his capstones. Formerly the Carson Pirie Scott building, it’s iron and steel framework and mixed-use interior, makes this building (erected in 1899) a near-perfect example of the architect’s “form follows function” concept. The intricate lace-like ironwork exterior is a hallmark of Sullivan’s decorative style.

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Louis Sullivan is often deemed the most important pioneer in American commercial architecture, and this historic city center is one of his capstones. Formerly the Carson Pirie Scott building, it’s iron and steel framework and mixed-use interior, makes this building (erected in 1899) a near-perfect example of the architect’s “form follows function” concept. The intricate lace-like ironwork exterior is a hallmark of Sullivan’s decorative style.