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skyscrapers of the 1800s
Transcript of skyscrapers of the 1800s
George A. Fuller is named the father of skyscraper
In 1889, he built Tacoma Building, it is known as the first skyscraper of the world(located on the right)
It was located in Chicago, IL.
There are no distinct patents for skyscrapers but rather several patents for materials to build such building.
Impact on Society
This invention changed society by revolutionizing industry and economy. It made it to where more people can have jobs in larger work spaces.
In this video, several of the earliest skyscrapers are discussed on how they were developed and built accordingly.
crucial development was the use of a steel frame instead of stone or brick, otherwise the walls on the lower floors on a tall building would be too thick to be practical
The first was the development of a safe elevator. Primitive elevators of various designs had been used for centuries, and starting in the mid 19th century, steam-operated elevators were used to move materials in factories, mines, and warehouses. But these elevators were not considered safe for people; if the cable broke, they would plummet to the bottom of the elevator shaft.
The second development took place in Chicago. In 1871, Chicago suffered a devastating fire. In the years that followed, however, instead of recovering slowly, the city experienced explosive growth, and it quickly began to strain against its natural boundaries.