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Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the Modern City (Chicago Architecture and Urbanism)

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Chicagos first skyscrapers are famous for projecting the citys modernity around the world. But what did they mean at home, to the Chicagoans who designed and built them, worked inside their walls, and gazed up at their façades? Answering this multifaceted question, Chicago 1890 reveals that early skyscrapers offered hotly debated solutions to the citys toughest problems and, in the process, fostered an urban culture that spread across the country.

            An ambitious reinterpretation of the works of Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, and John Wellborn Root, this volume uses their towering achievements as a lens through which to view late nineteenth-century urban history. Joanna Merwood-Salisbury sheds new light on many of Chicagos defining events—including violent building trade strikes, the Haymarket bombing, the Worlds Columbian Exposition, and Burnhams Plan of Chicago—by situating the Masonic Temple, the Monadnock Building, and the Reliance Building at the center of the citys cultural and political crosscurrents.

            While architects and property owners saw these pioneering structures as manifestations of a robust American identity, immigrant laborers and social reformers viewed them as symbols of capitalisms inequity. Illuminated by rich material from the periods popular press and professional journals, Merwood-Salisburys chronicle of this contentious history reveals that the skyscrapers vaunted status was never as inevitable as todays skylines suggest.

 

About the Author

Joanna Merwood-Salisbury is assistant professor in the Department of Architecture, Interior Design and Lighting at the Parsons The New School for Design.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

 

Chapter 1  Western Architecture

The Skyscraper as Regional Type

Chapter 2  Louis Sullivans Democratic

Architecture and the Labor Movement

Chapter 3  The Monadnock

John Wellborn Root and the Art of Pure Color

Chapter 4  The Masonic Temple

The Double Life of a Civic Skyscraper

Chapter 5  The Reliance Building

Urban Sanitation and Skyscraper Reform

Chapter 6  Chicago 1900

The City Beautiful Movement and the Decline of the Skyscraper

Postscript  “The Architectonic Anticipation of the Future”

 

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226520780
Author:
Merwood-salisbury, Joanna
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Merwood-Salisbury, Joanna
Subject:
History
Subject:
Skyscrapers
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) Buildings, structures, etc.
Subject:
Architecture and society - Illinois -
Subject:
Architecture-Urban Planning
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Chicago Architecture and Urbanism
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
89 halftones
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
11.00 x 8.50 in

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