Forgotten Buildings–The Spivey Buidling

The 12-story Spivey building in East St. Louis is the tallest building and only skyscraper in southern Illinois. The former editor of the Journal, A.T. Spivey, had it built next to his newspaper office, and at one time it housed shops and the offices of prominent doctors, lawyers and other professionals. It was designed by architect Albert B. Frankel in the Chicago School Commercial style, reminiscent of buildings designed by Louis Sullivan, famous for many buildings including the Wainwright Building across the river in St. Louis. Like so many other buildings in East St. Louis, it is now abandoned and crumbling, and yet you can still see what a beautiful building it once was.


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