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Lynn Becker has supplied the world with a great retreading of Sears' century-long lifecycle and the supply-chain architecture it scattered around town. The "mortal remains" of Sears' infrastructure from its dominant years mostly exists in North Lawndale. Becker gives a history of that compound's development and its advances in manufacturing and supply. Curbed has visited the old Power House (now a school) and the original Sears tower before, but there's more about their design—and that of other buildings—within the article. [ArchitectureChicago PLUS, previously, postcard image via The Chuckman Collection]