Trust Building, Saint Louis ........................
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111 North 7th Street, St. Louis, Missouri
Prudential Building a "sister" to his prototuype
skyscraper, the Wainwright Building
(1890-1892) in Saint Louis, both
designed within the decade following William Le Baron
Insurance Building (1884) in Chicago, the first tall, metallic-framed
structure. With the Wainwright, Sullivan first expressed the
nature of the new tall buildings - the power of their verticality.
The Prudential, his most mature skyscraper, is a glorious refinement of the Wainwright.
Sullivan had a deep commitment to democratic ideals, natural forms, and to evolving a truly American architecture free of neoclassical excesses.
- Buffalo Architecture: A Guide, by Francis R. Kowsky, et. al. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1981
Wainwright Building plaque
Original main entrance ... Three details below:
Art nouveau terra cotta surround