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Union Trust Building

  705 Olive Street, St. Louis, Missouri

Architect:  Louis Sullivan

Status: City Landmark

June 18, 2021 color photos

Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Type: Office Building
Year:1892- 1893

The Union Trust Building was built in a “U” shaped plan with two wings surrounding a central light court. It was designed by Louis immediately after their famous Wainwright Building. Modifications of the first two floors in 1924 eliminated some of the building’s important architectural elements such as its arched entryways and circular windows.  Above that level, the building returns to its original characteristics, with uninterrupted brick shafts from the third to the twelfth floor. At 14 stories height, it was once the tallest building in St. Louis for a few years. Today it is known for its unique and detailed ornamentation that spans throughout the three different sections of the building.
- Rethinking the Future (online August 2021)



Historic photo    ...    "Modifications of the first two floors in 1924 eliminated some of the building’s important architectural elements such as its arched entryways and circular windows." - Rethinking the Future



Note the recessed
bay at left, shown below:


Recessed bay



Terra cotta overhanging cornice



Terra cotta overhanging cornice









Terra cotta spandrel panel features feline head surrounded by acanthus leaves

 







Terra cotta window surround


Terra cotta window surround



Terra cotta window surround    ...    Acanthus leaves


















Photos and their arrangement 2021 Chuck LaChiusa
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