Thomas Leslie's sophisticated analysis of Chicago's leading role in the genesis of the skyscraper revisits the early phases of the skyscraper's development, corrects assumptions about Chicago's role, and links ostensibly minor or unrelated issues to form a fresh view of the topic. Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871–1934 breaks new ground by expanding into the post-1900 development of this building form and ends before German refugee architects arrived to begin a new thrust and historians predicated the idea of a “Chicago school.” Unlike earlier historians who drew deceptive clarity from simplification and myth, Leslie expresses the intertwined realities that designers and builders experience as they strive to solve the technical and...
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Book Review| September 01 2016
Review: Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871–1934, by Thomas Leslie
Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871–1934
University of Illinois Press,
2013, 264 pp., 40 color and 120 b/w illus. $39.95, ISBN 9780252037542
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2016) 75 (3): 372–374.
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Tom F. Peters; Review: Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871–1934, by Thomas Leslie. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 September 2016; 75 (3): 372–374. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2016.75.3.372
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