School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sullivan CenterPrint
33 S. State St., 12th Floor | Neighborhood: Downtown
Sullivan Center is the historic site of Louis Sullivan’s masterpiece Carson Pirie Scott & Co. Building, originally built in 1904 to house one of Chicago's great department stores. One of Chicago's greatest architects, Sullivan was famous for his intricate designs inspired by nature. His ornate designs decorate Sullivan Center inside and out -- even up to the 12th floor. The 12th and top floor is home to the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Behind the Scenes Access: Step inside the circular “zero/zero” lounge which provides a close-up view of Sullivan’s detailed cornice work, a bird’s eye view of the intersection of State Street and Madison Street (from where all Chicago streets are numbered), and a unique sight-line west to the horizon.
Architect: Louis Sullivan, 1904