Chicago Skyscrapers in Vintage Postcards - Leslie Hudson

Chicago Skyscrapers in Vintage Postcards

By Leslie Hudson

  • Release Date - Published: 2004-11-03
  • Book Genre: United States
  • Author: Leslie Hudson
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The skyscraper has changed the face of urban architecture--and it all started in Chicago. Born out of the ashes of Chicago's Great Fire of 1871, the first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building located at the northeast corner of LaSalle and Adams Streets, was completed in 1885. Designed by William Le Baron Jenney, the nine-story building had a metal load-carrying structural frame, the development of which led to steel-frame skeletal construction and the taller skyscrapers that would follow. Much has changed in skyscraper construction since 1885. But Chicago's impressive urban landscape has maintained its important place in architectural history and today boasts the tallest skyscraper in North America, at 110 stories.

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