Wainwright Building

Wainwright Building (HM2LWK)

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N 38° 37.636', W 90° 11.503'

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In 1891 the Wainwright Building was constructed for St. Louis businessman Ellis Wainwright. It was designed by Louis H. Sullivan, a Chicago architect.

The Wainwright Building is the father of the contemporary skyscraper. Sullivan's design emphasized open, spacious interiors. Sullivan combined a load-bearing steel framework with architectural details taken from earlier load-bearing masonry structures. His large windows flooded the Wainwright Building with natural light. The airy construction allowed by the steel framework was a radical departure from the heavy concrete buildings at the time.

The Wainwright Building became a turning point in architectural history. It is now regarded as the pioneer of contemporary building design.
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Date Added Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at 8:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 744466 N 4279156
Decimal Degrees38.62726667, -90.19171667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 37.636', W 90° 11.503'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 37' 38.16" N, 90° 11' 30.18" W
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