Carson, Pirie, Scott & Company

Carson, Pirie, Scott & Company

     The Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company building was constructed from 1898–2006.   The building was located at One South State Street, Chicago.    In 1890 at this site, Schlesinger and Mayer hired Adler and Sullivan to remove the attic story of the Bowen Building and add two stories here and and at the adjacent building to the south.   In 1898, the original building at State and Madison was removed.  It was replaced with a nine story building designed by Sullivan.   In 1902, Schlesinger had Sullivan extend the building to 12 stories The building was originally occupied by Schlesinger   Around 1904 the store was sold by Schlesinger and Mayer to  Harry G. Selfridges for a department store.  There was a short turn around in the same year when the building was sold to Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company.

     The building was 12 stories.  It is a steel framed structure.  There are large bay windows separated by bands of terra cotta.

     Samuel Carson, John T. Pirie, and George and Robert Scott bought the store in 1904.  The architect was Louis Sullivan.    Before acquiring this building, Carson’s was located in the Reliance Building one block North on State Street.  Daniel Burnham supervised the 1906 additions. The 1960-61 additions were made by Holabird and Root.  Exterior renovations were made by John Vinci in 1979-1980.

     In 1988, PA. Bergner purchased the Carson’s Building.     Since 1988, Saks has been the owner.

     Buildings previously located at this site were:  Schlesinger and Mayer Building ( 1872), Johnge’s Hotel and the Windsor Craft Hotel

Village Theater, Chicago

Village Theater, Chicago

Village Theater. CHICAGO

Village Theater

     The Village Art Theater was located at 1548–50 North Clark Street in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago.  It was built in 1916.  The architect was Adolph Woerner.   It originally was known as the Germania Theater.  Its named was changed during World War 1 due to anti-American sentiment. It underwent numerous name changes (Good Coast Theater, Globe Theater, Parkside Theater, and the Village Theater).  It also underwent management changes (Gumbiner Brothers, Kohlberg Theaters, Village Theaters).

     The theater as originally built had one screen and 900 seats.  Early in the 1900’s, the theater was divide into 4 auditoriums.   Little remains of the original interior.

   The external facade remains intact with red brick and beige terra cotta highlights.

     For years, the Village Theater was a popular venue for art, foreign and cult films.  The theater was closed in 2007.

   In 2018, the Village Arts Theater and neighboring buildings along North Avenue were demolished to be replaced by a condominium building.  The facade of the Village Theater will be incorporated in the new structure.

Old Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Old Chicago Mercantile Exchange

     This building was located at 300 N. Franklin Street.  It was built in 1927.  The architect was Alfred S. Alshuler.  It was 17 stories high.  The building style was ArtDeco/ Beaux Art.

     The last owner of the building was CD Industries  (Crown Family). The built was demolished in 2002–2003.