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“I see it often.”

Wainwright Building
Reviewed 19 November 2012

The building is old but unique in its design. It could use some updating. Be mindful of you time on the meter, the meter maids are notorious.

3  Thank Candace W
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

seminal building.... hard to get a feel of what makes it special unless you understand what was going on with traditional bldgs at the time

Thank roberto l
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

There’s no doubt the Wainwright Building is important; I just didn’t get much enjoyment from visiting it. For one, the building is a functional government office, so there aren’t any tours of its interior available. I didn’t try going in the building, but I got the impression tourists aren’t really welcome inside.

There’s a doorway along 7th Street where you can see some of the building’s ornate decoration up close. The other details of the building’s decoration are up on the third floor & above; very hard to see from street level. If you’re looking to get pictures of the decorations on higher floors, and you have a fairly good camera, I’d recommend going into the parking garage across the street and taking pictures from there.

There are a couple historical plaques along the building’s 7th Street side you can read too. I also liked how visiting the building takes a minimal amount of time and effort, especially if you’re doing something else downtown anyway like I was. That said, the Wainwright Building isn’t something you’re going to notice or pay much attention too unless you’re looking for it. It just gets lost in the shuffle of more modern structures near it.

It’s a neat feeling to stand outside the building and think about it being one of the world’s first skyscrapers. But that’s about it. Unless you’re an architecture buff, I don’t recommend going out of your way to see the Wainwright Building. If you’re in downtown St. Louis anyway though, it’s worth at least a quick look.

2  Thank CTS2003
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

An early 'skyscraper' this beautiful building has much to say beyond its worth to architecture scholars. Believe it or not, it was once slated to be demolished. Thankfully that didn't happen [it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in about 1968]. Much has been written about the building. You can see beautiful ornamental details close-up at street level or go to the top level of the parking garage across the street for a slightly closer look at the intricate Sullivan-esque frieze.

1  Thank Melaniemily
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

this is the building that started it all - a landmark by Louis Sullivan

Thank juhlemann
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