Wainwright Building

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Wainwright Building

The Wainwright Building is a 10-story red-brick landmark office building in Downtown St. Louis. Built in 1891 and designed by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, it is among the first skyscrapers in the world. Sullivan used a steel frame and applied his intricate terra cotta ornament in vertical bands to emphasize the height of the building. After a period of neglect, the building now houses Missouri state offices and is well maintained.

It's named for local financier Ellis Wainwright; Sullivan also designed the Wainwright Tomb in St. Louis's Bellefontaine Cemetery for his wife Charlotte Dickson Wainwright.

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