Architect: Cass Gilbert (New York)/renovation: MCA Architects,
In the early 1900s, this American Renaissance building passed for a skyscraper. The Spalding has a gray brick faÃ§ade covering a steel skeleton. There is a decorated terra-cotta cornice, as well as a painted limestone attic story at the top.
The Spalding follows a pattern sometimes called "tripartite composi-tion," a design that is also visible on dozens of other downtown buildings, including the Portland Building. This pattern mimics the construction of a column: a base and shaft, topped by a capital.
Cass Gilbert's next design after the Spalding Building was his masterpiece: the Woolworth Building (a.k.a. the Cathedral of Commerce) in New York City. He also designed Washington D.C.'s Supreme Court Building, and New York's Grand Central Terminal. Gilbert worked for a time with James Knox Taylor, who designed the U.S. Custom House near Union Station.