Architecture

It Looked Familiar: Mislocated

Above, a page from “Torso,” a fictionalized account of the Cleveland Torso Murders. (Trigger warning: do not google that serial killer from the 1930s if descriptions of graphic violence bother you.) The building is quite recognizable. It is, however, in Chicago: it’s the Rookery. The problem re-occurs. Here’s a scene that’s supposed to be at …

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More Common In The Past

We think of airports as being relatively few and far between, but they used to be much smaller and closer together. The growth of jet size since the DC8 and 707, and the simultaneous and related growth of commercial air travel has meant that bigger airports with longer runways are needed. Of course, small airports …

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Variety

That’s a view looking west from the foot of Trinity Place on a beautiful fall day. From left to right: Two Washington Street, built in 1970 (the building with the black glass curtain wall) as the second extension to the Whitehall Building. I think it’s steel-framed but I’m not certain. Directly above Two Washington on …

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Gas Pressure

That odd round building in the photo above was the first time I encountered a structure that was a designed mix of wrought-iron and masonry. It’s the Gasholder House in Troy, New York. I was introduced to it when I was a student, not in an engineering class, but by a history professor, Tom Carroll. …

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