Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Direct access bridges to Chicago department stores from the CTA Rapid Transit System.

The first and most famous such entrance led from the Madison and Wabash station to Carson Pirie Scott, which was called the Schlessinger and Meyer Department Store back in 1900 when the bridge was built. Some referred to it as the “crystal bridge." Architect Louis Sullivan made the bridge every bit as ornate as the store, which of course he also designed.
This is the direct entrance into the 2nd floor of the Marshall Field’s State Street store from the Wabash Avenue elevated 'L' station at Randolph Street. There was also a subway entrance to Field's into the basement level on the State Street side.
Entrance from the North-South (Red Line) subway to the Pedway and Marshall Field's.
Other department stores and buildings in Chicago's Loop had dedicated entrances from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) elevated or subway rapid transit stations like; Goldblatt’s and Sears & Roebuck.

Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D. 

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