HISTORY

WORLD RENOWNED ARCHITECTURE

 

Designed by renowned, Daniel H. Burnham (1846-1912), The Southern Building opened in 1910 initially leased to, and owned and occupied by two insurance companies: the First National Fire Insurance Company and the Commercial Fire Insurance Company.  The impact Mr. Burnham had on urban planning and the American city is still felt today, more than 100 years after his death. Over the course of his illustrious career, Burnham pioneered some of the world’s first skyscrapers, inspired the City Beautiful Movement with his vision for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and created urban plans for numerous cities before urban planning even existed as a profession. Burnham said of his unusual large-scale thinking, “Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”  Among Burnham’s notable projects are Union Station (Washington, D.C. 1907), the Flatiron Building (New York City, NY 1902), the Southern Building (Washington, D.C. 1910) and Wanamaker’s department store (Philadelphia, PA 1902). 

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