Sears, Roebuck and Co.

I’ve posted a couple shots from here in the past couple weeks, but we’ve had to play coy until we could return and see more. Our first trip essentially wound up being an extensive scouting mission, with yesterday’s follow-up finally allowing us to see most of the campus. So let this post function as a belated introduction to the former headquarters of this retailer.
Once the largest retailer in the world, Sears’ great innovation was the mail-order catalog. It was a commercial revelation which helped make Chicago the thriving commercial center of the Midwest by the late 19th century. In 1905-06, Sears built this massive complex to house its offices and printers.

Sears-Complex

Today, only the eastern bank of buildings remains, with all but the tower (the original Sears Tower) remaining West of Homan Avenue.

http://SearsTower

More to come.

2 responses

  1. Oh wow, I’m *really* looking forward to more of this from you guys. Good get!

    September 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    • Thanks, SI. Now that we’re back from our trip, I’ll be trying to catch up on posting Sears stuff while I edit the Cleveland set.

      September 11, 2014 at 10:09 pm

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