Chicago, IL: Marquette Cement Manufacturing Company, 1915. First edition. Staplebound Wraps. Quarto, pp. 65. Illustrated with full page b/w photographs. Very good. Item #19236
Buildings that were erected in Chicago after the great fire in 1871 were already being torn down by 1915, because the replacement buildings were erected before the age of concrete. This book makes a persuasive argument for the durability of steel-framed buildings rooted to bedrock on foundations of concrete, and highlights building and construction work that was done with Marquette Portland Cement throughout the Midwest, such as the Ford Motor Building in Minneapolis; Chicago City Hall; and Great Northern Elevator in Superior, Wisconsin. Many of the photographs are annotated with the number of barrels of cement used in the construction of the building. A wonderful snapshot of early 20th century commercial construction in the United States.