Sugar Building

Gove and Walsh
1906--4 stories; 1912--top two stories

Sullivanesque style

This large building, originally the headquarters of the Great Western Sugar Company (which marketed beet sugar), was refurbished in 1999. It is similar to the kinds of buildings the Chicago architect Louis Sullivan was building at about this same time. The three-part elevation--base, shaft, and top, is Sullivanesque (and typical of many early tall buildings). The top here is more emphatic since these top two stories were added a few years later. The terra cotta ornament is also typical. (See Sullivan's Wainwright Building, for example.) Unlike Sullivan's buildings, this is buff brick with a cream terra cotta ornament.

Pilasters demarcating the bays and terminating in organic ornamented capitals

Decorative masonry also defines these shorter mezzanine-like windows in what was originally the topmost story.

The end bays

The bays at the corner help to bracket the building. Here the decorative ornament is more elaborate and extends into the top frieze

The top with a frieze between the top story and the cornice


Decorative roundels and the cornice ornament

Some of the terra cotta ornament is geometric, some vegetal. The roundels seem more Sullivanesque with the organic, plant-like ornament.

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