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Rise of the New York Skyscraper, 1865-1913

Sarah Bradford Landau, Carl W. Condit Yale University Press, 1999 - Architecture - 478 pages 1 Review This authoritative book chronicles the history of New York's first skyscrapers, challenging conventional wisdom that it was in Chicago and not in New York that the skyscraper was born. Two experts - an architectural historian and a historian of technology - draw on rich and diverse contemporary sources in order to provide in-depth coverage of developments in commerce, land use, technology, design, and zoning law as they related to the New York skyscraper. Landau and Condit investigate the key role of engineers in skyscraper construction; the evolution of the metal frame, fire-proofing technology, and elevator transport; and the relation of form and style features to site conditions and building code provisions. They discuss the architectural and engineering history of specific buildings: the monumental high-rises of the first half of the 1890s, which were expressions of corporate power and authority; the buildings constructed on speculation by anonymous real estate interests in the second half of the 1890s; the major works of the first decade of the twentieth century (among them the Times and West Street buildings); and such culminating works as the Singer Building, Metropolitan Life tower, and Bankers Trust Building. Throughout they report on the public's (often scathing) response to these great buildings looming in their midst. Preview this book »

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Chapter 1 Technological Preparations 19 Architectural and Technical 40 Innovation in the 1870s 62 Technical Developments 108 State of the Skyscraper Art 1889 to the MidiScjos 168 Monuments to Commercial Power and Corporate Prestige 188995 188 The SyndicateBuilt Skyscraper Technical Advances 236 Skyscrapers and the Urban Scene at the Turn of the Century 279 The Skyscraper Comes of Age 19001910 298 Culminating Works and Envoys of the Future 354 Notes 399 Bibliography 449 Index 467 Copyright

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Rise of the New York Skyscraper, 1865-1913
Sarah Bradford Landau,Carl W. Condit
No preview available - 1996

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About the author (1999)

Landau, professor of fine arts at New York University, served as a commissioner on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission for nine years and was commission vice chair from 1993 to 1996.

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Title Rise of the New York Skyscraper, 1865-1913 Authors Sarah Bradford Landau, Carl W. Condit Edition illustrated, reprint, revised Publisher Yale University Press, 1999 ISBN 0300077394, 9780300077391 Length 478 pages Subjects Architecture  › History  › General

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