Architecture

Correlation Is Not Causation, Iron Framing Edition

I’ve mentioned the Rookery in passing a few times. It’s a fantastic 1886 office building in Chicago and holds a place in any history of early skyscrapers. It’s not a skeleton-frame building and actually contains a number of masonry bearing walls, but, as I discuss in The Structure of Skyscrapers, having an old-fashioned structural form …

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Intentionally Far From Home

More fun with the HABS/HAER index: I went to “cast iron fronts” in the subject listing and this was the first building I found: the Brisk & Jacobson Store at 51 Dauphin Street in Mobile, Alabama. It was constructed in 1866, which was not a great year for heavy industry in the south, because of …

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Engineering, Architecture, and Engineering for Architecture

Over the last year and a half, I’ve written a fair number of blog posts about bridges of various types. I’ve done so because I find the structures interesting, but it’s worth remembering that bridge engineering and building engineering are, for the most part, two different worlds. My best count is that I’ve worked on …

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An Option

That’s a small commercial building in downtown Stamford, Connecticut. I was not trying for an arty photo, just angling so that the glaze on the architectural terra cotta could be seen. To be clear: the first floor storefront is black marble veneer, probably with brick behind it; the second, third, and fourth floors have terra …

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