Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934
For more than a century, Chicago's skyline has included some of the world's most distinctive and inspiring buildings. Featuring more than a hundred photographs and illustrations of the city's physically impressive architecture, this book highlights an exceptionally dynamic, energetic period of progress in Chicago. This history of the Windy City's skyscrapers begins in the key period of reconstruction after the Great Fire of 1871 and concludes in the Depression Era of 1934. During this time, such iconic landmarks as the Chicago Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, the Marshall Field and Company Building, the Chicago Stock Exchange, the Palmolive Building, the Masonic Temple, the City Opera, Merchandise Mart reached to new heights. Towers of steel and plate glass were created from technical breakthroughs, and rose out of daily struggles of the city's infamous political climate, often disputed by shifting networks of rivals, labor unions, professionals, and municipal bodies.
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