Downtown Target Opens In Carson Pirie Scott Building

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Jul 25, 2012 9:10PM

The new downtown location of Target opened today, taking over the historic Louis Sullivan-designed Carson Pirie Scott Building on State Street. Architecture critic Lee Bey says landmarks officials should be commended for how the 1899 building balances with CityTarget. Bey writes:

Design-wise, it is a tricky thing bringing the retailer — and its famous red bull's-eye logo signage and color scheme — into one of the world's most celebrated pieces of architecture. But the marriage seems pretty good so far. The Target logo in the rotunda's second-story window is just the right size.The store looks bright and inviting and the signage is visible but doesn't overwhelm the building.

Chicago Architecture Blog agrees that it appears Sullivan's legacy remains intact. Chicagoist Flickr contributor courtneyureelmowry stopped by to snag these shots today. We've included a couple of old photos for comparison purposes.