Essential Architecture-  Chicago Loop South

Leiter II Building

architect

William Le Baron Jenney

location

403 S. State St.

date

1891

style

early Chicago School 

construction

steel frame

type

Department Store
 
 
   
Renowned as one of the nation's most important early examples of skeletal-frame commercial architecture, this building is discussed in every major history of American architecture. A National Historic Landmark, it was designed by William Le Baron Jenney, the so-called "father of the skyscraper." This building was erected by Levi Leiter; later, it was leased by Sears, Roebuck & Co. for its flagship department store. It is the city's oldest surviving department store, a type of building that contributed to State Street's development as a retailing thoroughfare. The so-called "first Leiter" building, built in 1879 at Wells and Monroe, was demolished in 1972.

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