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51. Wainwright Building #105architecturalinspirations

51. Wainwright Building #105architecturalinspirations

The father of the Skyscraper, Louis H. Sullivan, designed the Wainwright Building in St. Louis, Missouri. The 10-story tall red brick office building is described as a “highly influential prototype of the modern office building.” 

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The Wainwright building was originally commissioned for St. Louis brewer Ellis Wainwright for his office space needs. The top floor housed water tanks and building systems, the first floor shops, and the rest was office space. The building shows Sullivan’s distinctive use of tripartite composition learned from the classical column. The idea was to emphasize the height of the building use repetition, give it a strong base and signature top. 

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#105architecturalinspirations is a collection of architectural details, buildings, and spaces that inspire me. I am taking on the challenge of finding two projects to spotlight each week in 2015. Hopefully I will be able to keep up and this process of discovery will push me to create better design solutions for my clients as I research and learn more about those projects I enjoy most. I challenge you to add your comments below about this project and to post your own inspirations for all to enjoy.  Full List of previous #105architecturalinspiration posts 1 – 20. First 20 architectural inspirations here21. Michael Graves 22. St. Augustine 23. Guggenheim Museum24. Ocho House25.Bjarke Ingels 26. WG Clark 27. John F. Kennedy Space Center 28.Akademie Mont-Cenis 29. Sustainability Treehouse 30. Porch Rail 31.Martin Lurther King Jr. Memorial 32. Warehouse Renvoation33.Architectural Salvage Warehouse 34. Thorncrown Chapel 35.Gabion Wall 36.Rectorat de Guyane Library  37. North Bay House 38.Old Ranch Road Barn 39.Eagle Rock Residence 40.Pratt Street Power Plant 41.United Therapeutics Field House 42. Porch House 43. Headwaters 44. Ben’s Barn 45. Kevin Mundy Memorial Bridge 46.  Thrupp + Summers House 47. Madrona Residence 48. Pixel Building 49. National Constitution Center 50. Falling Water