I thought it might be interesting to start creating posts about the non-Silsbee architecture that I typically seek out when I get a chance to take a vacation or travel outside of Chicago. It is not surprising that I am typically drawn to work that is contemporary with Silsbee's and I that am also drawn to work with a high degree of art in it: carving, art glass, terra cotta and wood and stone work. I do not get the time to research this work as much as I would like but hopefully you will enjoy the pictures anyway.
This past weekend, I spent some time in St. Louis. I had visited there when I was a teenager but didn't have much of an interest or knowledge in anything specific when it came to architecture. On this trip, I had a short list of buildings I wanted to see. Actually, I had a long list but time constraints required me to cut it down a bit. At the top of the list were buildings by Louis Sullivan, followed by works by George Mann while Harvey Ellis was in his office.
At the top of my list was the Wainwright Building. It is a seminal skyscaper designed by Sullivan. It is a beautiful red brick and terra cotta building with remarkable form and detailing. It was built in 1891.
An earlier photograph depicts these features. This building was completed a couple years after the Wainwright.
I am sure I will return to St. Louis to check out more of its architecture and hopefully I will have the time to dig a bit more beyond the surface. If structures like these are so easily found, it is hard to imagine what a little digging would uncover.