The Origin of the Skyscraper; Report of the Committee appointed by the Trustees of the Estate of Marshall Field for the Examination of the Strucutre of the Home Insurance Building. Architectural History, Thomas E. Tallmadge.

The Origin of the Skyscraper; Report of the Committee appointed by the Trustees of the Estate of Marshall Field for the Examination of the Strucutre of the Home Insurance Building

Chicago, IL: Alderbrink Press, 1939. First edition. Staplebound Wraps. Small quarto, pp. 32, illustrated with b/w photographs and a fold-out wall plan. Signed by a previous owner on the front cover in ink. Autographed by the editor on the title page. Good; cover detached, repaired with cellophane tape. Item #19481

The purpose of the committee was to investigate thoroughly the construction of the Home Insurance Building located on the northeast corner of Lasalle and Adams Streets, Chicago, as evidenced during the wrecking of the building in 1931. The purpose of the inquiry was to determine the true relation of this building and its architect to the origin and development of the type of construction known as "skeleton." The building was originally designed and built in 1884, and two stories were added in 1890.

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