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Loop Tour: Site H
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Site H
Go east on Madison to State Street. This corner marks the center of the city's street grid. Chicago's streets numbered to the east, west, north, and south from the intersection. Once one of the busiest corners in the world, this intersection marks the center of the State Street retail district.

On the southeast corner stands the Carson Pirie Scott store designed by Louis Sullivan in 1899 and 1903. It was enlarged in 1905 by D.H. Burnham and Company, and again in 1960 by Holabird and Root These architects, however, remained loyal to Sullivan original plan. The intricate floral design of the ornamentation on the two first floors is clearly Sullivan's. Notice also the use of the Chicago windows throughout the building, allowing light and air into the interior of the department store. The Schlesinger and Mayer Company originally owned the edifice. Carson purchased it in 1904. The photograph above shows the Carson Pirie Scott Building on the southeast corner of State and Madison in 1985. Notice the elegant ironwork accents that adorn the first two floors of the building.

The firm of Holabird and Roche designed the Wieboldt's store, formerly the Mandel Brothers store building, on the northeast corner. This firm also planned the State-Madison Building which formerly occupied by the Boston Store on the northwest corner.

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