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October 31, 2011

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Dom

It makes me think of the old Lit Brothers in Philly.

http://departmentstoremuseum.blogspot.com/2010/11/lit-brothers-philadelphia-pennsylvania.html

There is a sign on the full picture for the "North American" newspaper. I remember my father talking about it.

DaninVan

Interesting that steel reinforced concrete construction wasn't mentioned. It's certainly been a major contender in N.America.
http://www.jfccivilengineer.com/reinforced_concrete.htm

"Ingalls Building, Cincinnati, OH, 1903. Postcard postmarked 1906. The Ingalls Building (later renamed the Transit Building) was the world's first reinforced concrete skyscraper, and it remained the tallest reinforced concrete building until 1923. The structural concrete, which is reinforced with twisted steel rods, is covered with a facade of marble, brick, and terra cotta. Arguments for using reinforced concrete for the Ingalls Building were that it would be fire proof and that it would cost less than a steel skeleton building. Previously, reinforced concrete had been used for bridges. "
http://www.officemuseum.com/IMagesWWW/1906_Cincinnati_skyscraper_dated_by_postmark_small.jpg

Mick H

OK, interesting, but then I wasn't aiming for a comprehensive history of the development of architectural technology in North America in the early 20th Century. Had I been then yes, reinforced concrete should have been in there somewhere.

Dom

You got me started on Philly architecture. I found this on youtube. It gives the interesting story about the Divine Lorraine on Broad street, and it gives you a sneak peak about the type of decay going on in Philly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWSgm_AJJwI&feature=related

Mick H

Weird: the first racially integrated hotel in the US, but men and women had to sleep on separate floors. Great looking building though.

DaninVan

Ah, but the point is, M.H., that reinforced concrete was the big breakthrough that Architects (and Engineers) needed in order to let their imaginations soar. On the other hand, some of the recent crap that's been produced makes one long for the good old days...
http://www.edinburgharchitecture.co.uk/images/jpgs/scottish_parliament_kh6.jpg

Mick H

OK - point taken.

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