Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the Modern City is a welcome addition to the scholarship on the Chicago skyscraper. Perhaps it is more accurate to say the book contributes to the scholarship of Chicago and to the scholarship of the skyscraper. By examining “these architectural artifacts through the lens of their own time, in their social and urban contexts” (4). Joanna Merwood-Salisbury contributes insights to the histories of both. And by focusing her research on the Inland Architect and Builder (later the Inland Architect and News Record) between 1883 and 1908, she is able to re-create a sense of immediacy and newness, and at the same time introduce the remarkable range of issues...
Review: Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the Modern City by Joanna Merwood-Salisbury
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Kristen Schaffer; Review: Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the Modern City by Joanna Merwood-Salisbury. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 March 2013; 72 (1): 116–117. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2013.72.1.116
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