Wanted A Hospital

Los Angeles Times, January 27, 1899

"The City Council is considering the question of erecting a detention hospital, or pesthouse, for the accomodation of those afflicted with infectious diseases, of which there are several cases in the city. The (present) building is cold, cheerless and draughty, and it is not surprising that many people prefer to deceive the health officials, rather than to run the extra hazard of being thrust into this miseralble apology for a hospital."

Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. Chicago

Louis H. Sullivan, founder of the "Chicago School" of architecture, designs the Schlesinger & Mayer Department Store (now Carson, Pirie, Scott & Company) in Chicago. The press describes the Sullivan design as an important "functional expression to the architecture of the department store." The structural engineering of the building uses the latest steel skeleton technology and banks of "Chicago windows." Chicago windows consist of a large and fixed center pane, flanked by one-over-one-light, double-hung, operating windows. Sullivan, known for his use of architectural ornamentation, covers the outside of the department store with extensive terra cotta floral cartouche emblems and intricate metal details including a large cast-iron canopy.  

This nine story, flat-roofed building with full basement is Sullivan's last large, commercial building.

Carson, Pirie, Scott & Company
exterior detail of cast iron ornament, Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co.