Essential Architecture-  Chicago Loop South

Dexter Building

architect

Adler & Sullivan

location

630 S. Wabash Ave.

date

1887

style

Victorian Industrial

construction

The building's unornamented design is a precursor to the firm's work on the Auditorium Building, and the use of a cast-iron structural system permits larger window openings than would have been possible through the use of masonry alone. The distinctive, perforated, cast-iron beams on the rear facade, for example, anticipate building design of nearly seven decades later.

type

Warehouse/ Factory, showroom
 
 
   
A modest commercial loft structure, this building represents an irreplaceable link in the chain of work of one of the nation's most important architectural partnerships, that of Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler. The building, which was erected by Chicago attorney Wirt Dexter, was initially used as a factory and showroom for R. Deimel & Brothers, a furniture manufacturing firm.

links

With special thanks to the City of Chicago website, www.egov.cityofchicago.org , for much of the info on this page.
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