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Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934

Thomas Leslie

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037542
eISBN:
9780252094798
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037542.001.0001
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

For more than a century, Chicago's skyline has included some of the world's most distinctive and inspiring buildings. This history of the Windy City's skyscrapers begins in the key period of ... More


Downtown Chicago’s Millennial Boom

Rachel Weber

in From Boom To Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226294483
eISBN:
9780226294513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226294513.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

How do the factors discussed in the previous chapters play out in the case of downtown Chicago's historic waves of expansion? After discussing how the previous four building booms (the 1900s, 1920s, ... More


The Economics of Skyscraper Height

Jason M. Barr

in Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan's Skyscrapers

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780199344369
eISBN:
9780190231736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199344369.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History, Development, Growth, and Environmental

The Skyscraper Revolution is born in New York in 1889. This chapter chronicles the economic history of the skyscraper. First the chapter discusses how the skyscraper was a solution to an economic ... More


New Buildings and New Spaces

Aurora Wallace

in Media Capital: Architecture and Communications in New York City

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037344
eISBN:
9780252094521
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037344.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter views the New-York Tribune and the New York Times—the first in the industry to use skyscraper architecture as the medium for corporate image construction—in the context of the growing ... More


October 1871

Thomas Leslie

in Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037542
eISBN:
9780252094798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037542.003.0001
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

This chapter details the reconstruction of Chicago following the Great Fire. Chicago grew faster than any American city through the depression-scarred 1870s. By 1880 its population reached half a ... More


Power and Height: The Electric Skyscraper, 1920–1934

Thomas Leslie

in Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037542
eISBN:
9780252094798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037542.003.0008
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

This chapter describes major structures built from 1920 to 1934, which were dominated by towers that resulted from an explosive real estate market that challenged code restrictions on height and that ... More


Measuring the Skyline

Jason M. Barr

in Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan's Skyscrapers

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780199344369
eISBN:
9780190231736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199344369.003.0007
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This chapter investigates skyscraper economics over the twentieth century by looking the variables that influence the supply and demand of building height. First a simple theoretical model is ... More


A poetics of organic expression: Louis Sullivan’s transcendentalist legacy in word and image

Lauren S. Weingarden

in Mixed Messages: American Correspondences in Visual and Verbal Practices

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781784991500
eISBN:
9781526115003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784991500.003.0002
Subject:
Art, Art History

For most of the twentieth century, modernist viewers dismissed Louis H. Sullivan’s architectural ornament and his lyrical, theoretical writings as emotional outbursts of an outmoded romanticism, in ... More


Reaching for the Sky

Christopher Innes

in Designing Modern America: Broadway to Main Street

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108040
eISBN:
9780300129557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108040.003.0011
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter describes the uniquely modern and characteristically American kind of building—the skyscraper. In American cities, it is the towering structures of steel and glass that catch the eye. Le ... More


Mind over the masses: the emergence of stream-of-consciousness writing

Anne Fernihough

in Freewomen and Supermen: Edwardian Radicals and Literary Modernism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199668625
eISBN:
9780191767296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668625.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

chapter analyses Henry James’s response to 1900s America in The American Scene (1907). It shows how, although the new American skyscrapers contrasted dramatically with Edwardian suburbia, James ... More


Footprints of the Twentieth Century: American Skyscrapers, Modern Poems

John Timberman Newcomb

in How Did Poetry Survive?: The Making of Modern American Verse

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036798
eISBN:
9780252093906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036798.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines how modern American poetry dealt with skyscrapers as a theme during the 1910s. The most potent icons of modernity in the early twentieth-century city were great buildings, ... More


Coda Black Cabin, White House

William A. Gleason

in Sites Unseen: Architecture, Race, and American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814732465
eISBN:
9780814733271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814732465.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This concluding chapter explains how by the 1920s, American architecture had firmly consolidated itself as a profession and begun to receive international recognition. New forms and phases would soon ... More


Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder

Adnan Morshed

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673186
eISBN:
9781452947549
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673186.001.0001
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

Impossible Heights examines a distinct American cultural consciousness that came into focus during the interwar years, with the excitement about airplanes and skyscrapers, as well as their ... More


Master And Disciple

Anna Greenspan

in Shanghai Future: Modernity Remade

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780190206697
eISBN:
9780190235659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190206697.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

At the pinnacle of Pudong’s science fiction skyline is the Shanghai World Finance Center. Standing 101 stories high, the SWFC is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. The tower is the ... More


Introduction of Light Bulbs and Bathtubs: Excavating the Modern City

in Untimely Ruins: An Archaeology of American Urban Modernity, 1819-1919

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226946634
eISBN:
9780226946658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226946658.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

During the early twenty-first century, visions of an American city in ruins served as a stock backdrop to post-apocalyptic science-fiction cinema, novels, video games, and comics. This book explores ... More


The Metropolitan Life in Ruins Architectural and Fictional Speculations in New York, 1893–1919

in Untimely Ruins: An Archaeology of American Urban Modernity, 1819-1919

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226946634
eISBN:
9780226946658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226946658.003.0007
Subject:
History, Cultural History

In 1909, Metropolitan Life, the world's largest life insurer, completed the tallest tower in New York and in America. Shortly thereafter, the magnificent building suffered a series of catastrophes, ... More


The Aesthetics of Ascension

Adnan Morshed

in Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673186
eISBN:
9781452947549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673186.003.0001
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

The Introduction elaborates on the book’s theme through the lens of three prominent American designers; explains how this study sheds new light on American visual culture during the interwar period; ... More


Hugh Ferriss and the “Harmonious Development of Man”

Adnan Morshed

in Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673186
eISBN:
9781452947549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673186.003.0002
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

Chapter 1 studies Hugh Ferriss’s imaginary city views, published collectively in his book The Metropolis of Tomorrow (1929). His drawings narrate both the scope of the future metropolis and the ... More


Ascension as Autobiography: Buckminster Fuller and His “Land to Sky, Outward Progression”

Adnan Morshed

in Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673186
eISBN:
9781452947549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673186.003.0003
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

Focusing on a little-explored period of Richard Buckminster Fuller’s life—from his self-published manifesto 4D Time Lock (1928) to his first book Nine Chains to the Moon (1938)—Chapter 2 examines the ... More


The Master Builder as Superman: Norman Bel Geddes’s Futurama

Adnan Morshed

in Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673186
eISBN:
9781452947549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673186.003.0004
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

Chapter 3 examines Norman Bel Geddes’s Futurama—the most visited show at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Bel Geddes sought to make his American utopia visually legible only to aerial spectators. ... More


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