Details, Wainwright Tomb

I’ve been coming by the Wainwright Tomb (designed by Louis Sullivan for the same man as the office building downtown) for over a decade, and it’s interesting to see how it’s changed over the years.

Wainwright Tomb Interior, Revisited

I photographed the interior of the Wainwright Tomb all the way back in November of 2008. It still is just as beautiful today as it was back then.

Wainwright Mausoleum, Morning

I usually roll around to Bellefontaine Cemetery around sunset, but I was out there in the morning, and captured the trees’ shadows dancing across the front of the august Wainwright Mausoleum.

Ornamentation, Wainwright Building

While the Chicago School might be known for sparse ornamentation, the Wainwright Building proves that wrong; from the door on the first floor to the smallest detail, the building is accented with perfect, innovative designs. There is the most interesting design element on the vertical elements in between the windows on the floor right above…

The Wainwright Building

Completed in 1891, the Wainwright Building by Louis Sullivan is perhaps St. Louis’s most influential building, commissioned by Ellis Wainwright from the firm of Adler and Sullivan. Discarding revivalist trends in skyscrapers of the time, Sullivan created an entirely new vocabulary for a tall building. Sparsely adorned vertical lines dominate the structure, cutting through the…