Month: January 2019

Architectural Branding

That’s 26 Broadway, about two blocks from our office. It’s more commonly known as the Standard Oil Building, although Standard Oil has been gone for a long time. When Standard was broken up, the new companies made out of the fragments included Eastern States Standard Oil (Esso, later Exxon), Standard Oil Company of New York …

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Follow-up on Economics and Metal Fabrication

Bill Harvey sent me this close-up after our sight-seeing trip to the Clifton Bridge.* Putting aside the beauty of the photo in itself, it has something to say about changes in metal (in this case wrought iron) technology over the years. That’s a connection between two parts of an iron tie in the vaults at …

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The Imprint Of Past Economics On Steel

That’s a probe at a 1928 office building and it shows pretty much what you’d expect: a couple of large steel beams with a heavy riveted connection to a column. (The column is small because this is at the 20th floor of a 22-story building.) Some of those rivets were driven in the shop and …

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