Home Insurance Building

Home Insurance Building

Andrew B.
Description
This is a model of the Home Insurance Building that once stood in Chicago, Illinois. It was designed by William LeBaron Jenney and built from 1884-1885. It originally rose to a height of 138 feet with 10 floors, but in 1890, two floors were added bringing the height to about 180 feet. This is generally regarded as the world's first skyscraper. It was the first tall building to be supported, both inside and outside, by a fireproof metal frame. Although the Home Insurance Building made full use of steel framing technology, it was not a pure steel-framed structure since it rested partly on granite piers at the base and on a rear brick wall. This was demolished to make way for the Field Building, now known as the LaSalle Bank Building. The Home Insurance Building is an example of the Chicago School in architecture. The building was demolished in 1931. The roof is completely improvised as there is no information on what it looked like. #adams #Building #Chicago #first #frame #Home #Illinois #Insurance #LaSalle #school #skyscraper #steel #Street #structure #worlds
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