Carson Pirie Scott and Company always enjoyed a sterling reputation in Chicago, even among the merchant princes of State Street. For more than one hundred years, in architect Louis Sullivan's stunning commercial masterpiece, Carson's stood shoulder to shoulder with retail icon Marshall Field's, establishing itself as an anchor of contemporary style. It was a place that brought the world to the Midwest, from Parisian fashion to the authentic ambiance of the Mediterrenea dance numbers and the Santa's Village displays. Relive the friendly shopping experience that has kept the Carson's name alive for over a century and a half.
About the Author
Gayle Soucek is an author and freelance editor with more than a dozen books to her credit, including Marshall Fields: The Store That Helped Build Chicago; Chicago Calamities: Disaster in the Windy City; and a few other titles with The History Press. Ward Miller is the president and executive director of Preservation Chicago and the former executive director of the Richard Nickel Committee.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Chicago's Iconic State Street Ward Miller 9
1 From Northern Ireland to Northern Illinois 19
2 The Early Years in Chicago 32
3 The Great Conflagration 43
4 Sullivan's Vision 53
5 The Golden Years on State 67
6 Christmas at Carson's 79
7 World War LI and Beyond 90
8 Winds of Change 106
9 Carson's Celebrity Walk of Fame 117
About the Author 127