Auditorium Building, the Guaranty Building, the Wainwright Building, and the Carson Pirie Scott store.
Sullivan received few large commissions after the completion of the Carson Pirie Scott in 1899. But Sullivan lived another twenty five years--he died broke and forgotten. Frank Lloyd Wright, who once worked for Adler & Sullivan, helped pay for his funeral.
I can't remember when he said it, but in a biography of Sullivan I recall a quip of his about the atavistic architecture of banks with Roman design features. It went something like this: "Then bankers should wear togas and speak Latin." Since we are still suffering from the effects of 21st banker foolishness, perhaps bankers should now dress as clowns and speak in gibberish.
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Henry Adams Building of Algona, Iowa is sometimes included as one of the Jewel Boxes.
That building was completed in 1913, the following year Grinnell's Merchants' National Bank, which is pictured here, opened its doors. Unlike the Owatonna bank, the Grinnell structure is no longer a financial institution, it's home to the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce. A staffer gave me a tour. Upon learning I was a semi-famous blogger, she insisted that I inform my readers of the many other attractions in Grinnell. Click here to learn about them. I'm a man of my word. Grinnell calls itself "the Jewel of the Prairie."
Next: John Wayne's birthplace
Louis Sullivan's National Farmer's Bank of Owatonna
Amana Millrace and the woolen mill
Amana Colonies overview
Anamosa State Penitentiary Cemetery
More about Stone City and Grant Wood
Stone City and Grant Wood
Where North Avenue ends
Field of Dreams
Guttenberg and its pool
A final look at Effigy Mounds National Monument
More Effigy Mounds
Effigy Mounds National Monument
Freedom Rock and Veterans Day
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