AD Classics: AD Classics: Wainwright Building / Adler & Sullivan
LOUIS SULLIVAN (American): Wainwright Building. St. Louis, 1890-91. The Wainwright building is credited for being the first successful utilization of steel frame construction. The first two floors are faced in brown sandstone, the next seven stories rise in continuous brick piers. Terra-cotta panels of ornate foliage relief decorate the each floor.