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Wainwright Building in St. Louis, Missouri

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Originally appeared in 10 Buildings That Changed America
on May 12, 2013
Wainwright Building in St. Louis, Missouri
Wainwright Building, St. Louis, Missouri (1891)

Louis Sullivan's Wainwright Building is referred to in the documentary as the "first building that reveled in height." Sullivan claimed to have conceived the design in only three minutes and wrote that a skyscraper "must be every inch a proud and soaring thing." Sullivan's modern, steel-frame building set the tone for the next century of skyscrapers.

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