Revell Block, corner of Wabash and Adams.  Adler and Sullivan, 1883 (demolished, 1960).  (Art Institute of Chicago)

Further experiments in the potential for hybrid structures of iron and brick came in the early work of Adler & Sullivan. Often seen as less mature prelude to their more synthetic work of the 1890s, five major buildings executed between 1880 and 1884—the Borden, Rothschild, Jewelers, Revell, Troescher, and Ryerson—demonstrated their developing interest impressive skeletal masonry structures.

Taken from Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934 (University of Illinois Press, June 2013).

Photo: A.S. Gage and Company Store, Chicago, Illinois, 1881-1882. Adler and Sullivan, architects. Richard Nickel Archive, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries Book Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago. Digital File # 201006_110502-007 (c) The Art Institute of Chicago.

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