Adding On 1949 Pt. 2
March 28th, 2011 @ 12:33 am by Cliffe | Sorted Historic Buildings |
Last week we had a look at
one possible option for the mid-century addition to the downtown Frederick & Nelson (now Nordstrom) building. Here we have another idea from 1949, this time incorporat ing
more or the original classical elements.
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Architectural study of Frederick & Nelson department store addition. February 1949. Frederick & Nelson was originally built in 1916 in the terra cotta clad steel frame structure typical of
the sort done in Chicago at the turn of the century. It was later altered vertically and lost its original cornice. John Graham, Jr.
was assisted by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in the redesign of the Frederick & Nelson department store starting in 1946.
John Graham, Jr. had taken over the firm upon his father’s retirement that same year.
During the remodel three storeys were added to the existing five-storey structure, shipping and receiving concourse was removed from the street level to basement, and new elevators and a natural day-like lighting system on the main floor was installed. Image courtesy U.W. University Libraries Digital Collection.