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on May 4, 2017
The title says it all. There was a time when the architectural world was convinced that skyscrapers were invented in Chicago and provided the solid stylistic base for the Modern Style. This book goes a long way toward both promoting its own set of skyscrapers and dispelling some of the myths concerning the Chicago school.

Professort Landau thoroughly discusses each tall building (usually considered to be "skyscrapers" in contemporary parlance) and their relationship within the entire milieu of the cultural scene in the latter half of the nineteenth century and pre-World War I years of the twentieth century in New York City. Thus it can be understood why the skyscrapers of New York City differed significantly from their cousins in Chicago. The engineering aspects of the buildings receive truly outstanding coverage.

I highly recommend this book not only for New Yorkers, but also for Midwesterners such as myself whose view might be otherwise clouded by the Chicago School.
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on February 27, 2016
This is more than a book... I would call a treaty on the earliest skyscrapers. The authors go deep into the hustory of the first tall buildings in new York, writing extensively about the architecture and the structural systems of the buildings. That is the focus of the book, really, the engineering part. Developers, owners and people involved are mentioned, but the authors do not aboujd on the social history of the buildings. Rather, they present a cronology of engineering and structural technics on how the buildings got taller and bigger in the 50 years the book covers.
Also, interestingly enough, the authors debunk the popular idea that it was Chicago where the first skyscraper was built. Armed with powerful arguments, they present the Equitable building in New York, built in 1870, as the first building to have all the characteristics that would qualify it as the first true skyscraper. Sorry Chicago! The arguments are solid...
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on May 3, 2015
Great book on the early history!
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