Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Illinois Press
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Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
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...0.4 Cast-iron storefronts along Lake Street, ca. 1870. (Chicago History Museum)0.6 Construction on Webster Street, ca. 1870. (Chicago History Museum)...
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This project has enjoyed support and sustenance from several funding sources that have enabled it to persist and thrive since its inception in 2004. In particular, a Faculty Professional Development Assignment from Iowa State University, a Visiting Scholar position in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Northwestern...
Chapter 1. October 1871
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...nullPeter Bonnett Wight (1838–1925), quoted by Sarah Bradford Landau, 1.1 Bowen Building, 62–74 E. Randolph, W. W. Boyington, 1872. (Photo by the author)1.3 Berghoff Restaurant, facade, ca. 1872. (Photo by the author)1.6 Commercial block, State Street, ca. 1880 (demolished). (Contemporary photograph, 1.7 Nixon Block, corner of LaSalle and Monroe Streets, Otto Matz, 1872 (demolished, 1889). ...
Chapter 2. “Built Mostly of Itself”: Chicago and Clay, 1874–1891
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...2.1 Grannis Block, 21–29 N. Dearborn, Burnham & Root, 1881 (destroyed, 1885). 2.2 Montauk Block, 64–70 W. Monroe, Burnham & Root, 1882 (demolished, 1902). (From Randall and Randall, History of the Development of Building Construction in Chicago)2.5 Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Building, Franklin and Adams, Burnham & Root, 1883 (demolished, 1926). (Art Institute of Chicago)...
Chapter 3. Iron and Light: The “Great Architectural Problem” and the Skeleton Frame, 1879–1892
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Iron and Light: The “Great Architectural Problem” and the Skeleton Frame, 1879–1892Experience has demonstrated that all spaces within the enclosure of four walls which are not well lighted by sunshine, or at least —John Wellborn Root, “A Great Architectural Problem,” 18903.1 First Leiter Store, corner of Wells and Monroe, William Le Baron Jenney, 1879 ...
Chapter 4. Steel and Wind: The Braced Frame, 1890–1897
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...4.3 Methods of wind bracing. (Freitag, Architectural Engineering, 258)4.1 Typical cast-iron structural connections. (William H. Birkmire, Skeleton Construction in Buildings, New York, Wiley & Sons, 1894, 51)4.4 Manhattan Building, 431 S. Dearborn Street. William Le Baron Jenney, 1890. 4.6 Venetian Building, 15 E. Washington, Holabird and Roche, 1892 (demolished, 1957). ...
Chapter 5. Glass and Light: “Veneers” and Curtain Walls, 1889–1904
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...5.1 Tacoma Building, corner of LaSalle and Madison Streets, Holabird and Roche, 1889 (demolished, 1929). (Contemporary postcard, collection of the author)5.11 Indiana Gas Belt and “Pan Handle” rail line. (Drawing by the author)5.16 Reliance Building, construction view. (J. K. Freitag) 5.17 Reliance Building, view of construction site with Columbus 5.19 Reliance Building, digital reconstruction showing relation ...
Chapter 6. Steel, Clay, and Glass: The Expressed Frame, 1897–1910
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...6.1 Chicago Stock Exchange, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Adler and Sullivan, 1894 (demolished, 1972), LaSalle Street elevation. (Drawing by the author)6.3 Chicago Stock Exchange, view from northeast. (Contemporary postcard, 6.4 Railway Exchange Building, corner of Michigan Avenue and Jackson Boulevard, D. H. Burnham & Co., 1904, view from southeast. (Contemporary postcard, ...
Chapter 7. Steel, Light, and Style: The Concealed Frame, 1905–1918
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...7.1 Merchant’s Loan and Trust Building, corner of Clark and Adams Streets, 7.2 Merchant’s Loan and Trust Building, view from southeast. (Contemporary postcard, 7.8 People’s Gas Building, plan. (Drawing by the author)7.7 People’s Gas Building, corner of Michigan Avenue and 7.10 Insurance Exchange Building, 175 W. Jackson, D. H. Burnham & Co., 1913, perspective view from northeast. (Art Institute of Chicago)7.12 Conway Building, corner of Clark and Washington Streets, D. H. Burnham & Co., 1913, ...
Chapter 8. Power and Height: The Electric Skyscraper, 1920–1934
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...alongside lighting current, and they 8.1 Pneumatic riveting. (Scientific American)8.3 Wrigley Building, 410 N. Michigan Avenue, Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White, 1921, view from southeast. (Contemporary postcard, collection of the author)8.4 London Guarantee Building, 360 N. Michigan Avenue, Alfred Alschuler, 1923.8.10 Straus Building, 310 S. Michigan, Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White, 1924, ...
Chapter 9. Chicago, 1934
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The Field, the Merchandise Mart, the Board of Trade, and the twin riverfront monoliths of the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Opera represented the end of the 1920s boom, and of three generations of Chicago construction that had pushed toward greater height, efficiency, and performance...
Appendix: Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871–1934
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About the Author
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Thomas Leslie, AIA, is the Pickard Chilton Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University and the author of Louis I. Kahn: Building...
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Publication Year: 2013