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The American Skyscraper 1850-1940 – A Celebration of Height is Great Tour of America!

October 19, 2009


On the day of skyscrapers rises in the smoke and the sun and has a soul.
Prairie and valley, streets of the city, people pour into it, and they
You are mixing freely with the twenty-storey …
It is the men and women, boys and girls in and then poured the whole day
That give the building a soul of dreams and thoughts and memories …

– Carl Sandburg's Chicago's Poems (p. 325)

Sheer serendipity brought me into the formal facilities planning and management activities I.directed for many years. However, in many ways, it merged with an instinctive love of architectural form in all its beauty. To pick, to me, Joseph Korom's The American Skyscraper, is much more – a "coffee-table book and read again and again.

In reality, however, it is a full text about the history of the America's creation and use of skyscrapers, with detailed information and over 300 images highlighting buildings in the United States. It includesover 60 pages of bibliography, index, footnotes, tables and presentations of the famous skyscraper! The author notes: "Between the covers are the stories of 287 American skyscrapers, which were or are still in seventy, one-towns and villages …" (P. 21) Reflections of external details and interiors, architects, and personal photos, establishing a significant historical contribution to the libraries of both students and professionals in the fields of architectureand engineering, as well as all those who, like me, are intimidated by the grandeur and beauty of the structures.

Architect Joseph Korom earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he served as a mentor. He is a successful artist, whose paintings are in many private collections worldwide and works as a freelance writer, architectural critic and photographer. He is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians, the NationalTrust for Historic Preservation, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Joseph Korom, who is also author of Look-Up-Milwaukee (1979) and Milwaukee Architecture A Guide to Notable Buildings (1995.

"Very tall buildings, which now have a" skyscraper "known invented here in America …. people built tall for many reasons: to pretend to satisfy as jointly to meet in person and perhaps most importantly, it was a solemn act – for all . To create great was challenging, itwas risky, and it was scary, but in these related fears was to capture the level itself, in the sky with an artificial object while still tethered to the ground Pierce was simply irresistible … "(pps. 14-15) Korom thus introduces his impressive text with a brief historical perspective of the brave men who were too high up and chronicles" the country began a unique contribution to architecture … "(p. 16).

Introducing Sear Tower in Chicago as his first picture, he notes that "theultimate expression of skyscraper technology and is the embodiment of the vertical Manifest Destiny. It stands 110 floors, 1454 feet high and is North America's highest skyscraper. "The author includes interesting facts such as when he observes:" When the sun sets, pedestrians at the base of the Sears Tower have fallen into the shadows. But because of the curvature of the earth, extending the shadow of the tower floors upward moves in the amount of one floor per second. As a result, these were on theTo enjoy the building for about two minutes up the sun … "(P. 21)

When I examined the building on the campus of the University of West Virginia, working on a better utilization of those assets to manage and then consider what was necessary to analyze future needs, it was always the older buildings to meet, which I found interesting. Exploring Woodburn Hall all the way up into the belfry, or walking by Chitwood and Martin Hall, gutted and renovated to its essence, I thrilledBeauty at the basic level we wanted to keep, while at the same time, create updated classrooms, offices, laboratories and teaching, which were necessary for our School of Journalism and many departments within our College of Arts and Sciences.

So, as I read through A Celebration of height, it was not surprising that I eagerly studied the buildings with the older styles that are used during the "brave beginning," starting from 1850. (P. 22). Zachary Taylor was president "during the planningand erection of the famed Jayne Building in Philadelphia. Knowing that “Old Rough and Ready” was in charge helps place the birth of the American skyscraper in historical context.” (p. 23)

The following buildings included in the Celebration are just a few of those particularly enjoyed by this former Facilities professional/reviewer! I am sure others will choose those more modern.

· The Palmer House Hotel in Chicago; built 1872, by the “first merchant prince of Chicago, Potter Palmer, at the cost of $ 200,000. (pps. 49-50)
· Madison Square Garden Tower, 16 floors, 304 meters, New York. (P. 158)
· Women's Temple, Chicago, 1892, House of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. (P. 166)
· Columbus Memorial Building, topped by a giant bronze status of Christopher Columbus, built 1893rd "In a purely arbitrary act, this beautiful skyscraper was demolished in 1959." (P. 179)
· Trinity Church in New York City. Its tower, as soon as it is the highest rankStructure on the island of Manhattan. (P. 190)
· The Carson Pirie Scott Store mélange main entrance is through a very robust sample foliage This twisting was characterized executed in iron then painted a green forest. This building, completed in 1904, was immediately propelled into the annals of architectural immortality. The Chicago Loop was now home to a large department store, rising twelve stories, 168 meters. The building was everywhere, with some of the most interesting embellishments. (pps.231-232)
· City Investing Building, New York, 1908, 487 meters, and contains half a million square meters, making it the world's largest office building. "If there ever was a skyscraper, evoked romance, historicism, capitalism and the optimism of the early twentieth century, the town Investing Building, it was not. Here is a tower that was on inspiration from French Baroque sources, and thus, cut a charming profile the skyline of New York. (p. 271)
· Bromo-SeltzerTower, Baltimore, 1911, 15 floors, 280 meters high, with a facsimile of the original-Bromo-Seltzer bottle on top of the tower! (pps. 294-295)
· Peter Cooper first manufactured structural beam for the Cooper Union Building in New York, thus setting the stage for skeleton construction and ultimately the skyscraper. (P. 25). Also in New York, marks the middle of the 19th Century at the age of cast iron architecture, and is still in the "focus Cast Iron District, as a living museum, near the GreenwichVillage. (P. 28)
· And, of course, the history of the skyscraper and the invention of the elevator. Manhattan Haughwout Building was the first commercial buildings occupy a passenger elevator. "It was the repeal of half a tonne in the amount of forty feed per minute, capable, and it was the first of its kind" when it was installed in 1857. Every professional bodies will not be surprised to hear that Elisha Graves Otis, finally, the founder of the Otis Elevator Companyinstalled. (pps. 28-29)

In addition to the detailed information to facilities, I also enjoyed the smaller details Korom has to pay the interest as "probably the first time unrelated men and women worked side by side for eight or more hours .. the same one or two rooms. skyscrapers, probably from its beginnings in places that were drawn in which "benefits were impacted," or there were rumors of such behavior … "(p. 137) and the various interior shots of men and women as they wereat this time. Truly, The American Skyscraper 1850-1940: A Celebration of the amount a book that is very interested in all of American history, recommended!

Because of its large buildings in influence and power …
His philosophy, where in "form follows function"
Sullivan has earned his place as one of the largest
Architectural forces in America …

– Memorial Mark to Louis Henri Sullivan (p. 195)

The American Skyscraper 1850-1940:
A Celebration ofHeight
By Joseph J. Korom, Jr.
Branden Books 2008
540 pages
ISBN 13: 978-0-8283-2188-4

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