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Old June 7th, 2010, 09:56 PM   #1
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First Skyscraper in your country!

Okey just post a photo of the first skyscraper and construction year in your country. So we can see at what time each country started building skyscrapers....

I'll start with my own country:
Boerentoren, Antwerp Belgium:

The building was constructed between 1929 and 1932 and was originally 87.5 metres (287 ft) high. It's often considered to be the first real skyscraper in Europe; it was the tallest in Europe until 1952, and the tallest in Belgium from 1932 to 1967 (currently 18th tallest). In 1954 the tower was extended with an antenna which reached to a total height of 112.5 m (369 ft). In 1976, the roof of the tower was raised by 8.3 m (27 ft), and the current roof height is therefore 95.8 m (314 ft). The building is in Art-deco style and was designed by Jan Van Hoenacker.







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Old June 7th, 2010, 11:55 PM   #2
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Canada: 1887 or 1895?

The New York Life Insurance Building, also known as the Quebec Bank Building, is often regarded as the first skyscraper built in Canada. It was erected in Montreal in 1887.

New York Life Insurance Building, 1887 (Montréal) - 50 m
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http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3248/...345273.jpg?v=0

Some argue that this building wasn't a bonafide skyscraper as it used massive masonry blocks instead of a skeleton frame. By the second definition, the title would go to the Robert Simpson department store in Toronto which was built in 1895. It had a self-supporting steel frame, elevators, and above-average height. These 3 qualities are often cited as necessary criteria to be considered a skyscraper.

Robert Simpson department store: 1895 (Toronto) - 33 m

http://bowjamesbow.ca/images/yonge03-11.jpg

It wasn't till 1905, that the Canadian skyscraper race to build the tallest really took off with the construction of the 15-storey Traders Bank of Canada in Toronto. A cross Canada chase for the crown of 'tallest' ensued after that with buildings getting ever taller.

Trader's Bank of Canada: 1905 (Toronto) - 60 m
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In 1910, the Dominion Building in Vancouver wrestled the title from Toronto and western Canada held the title for the first time.

Dominion Building: 1910 (Vancouver)

http://expanseimagery.files.wordpres...nvancouver.jpg
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Old June 8th, 2010, 04:26 AM   #3
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Spain: Telefónica (national telecommunications company) headquarters in Madrid. Built between 1926 and 1929 (it also claims to be the first real skyscraper in Europe ), it was designed by a Spanish architect following the advices of an American partner. It's 89 meters tall and has only 15 floors. Despite the obvious American look, its decoration is inspired in local baroque.







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Old June 8th, 2010, 06:09 AM   #4
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Despite the obvious American look, its decoration is inspired in local baroque.
Looks great. Btw, that's not an American look. That's just what skyscrapers from that era looked like. It has a 1920's skyscraper look!
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Old June 8th, 2010, 06:29 AM   #5
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Depends what is classified a skyscraper, I guess. Here's a few which come to mind (all of which from Melbourne)

1880 - Yorkshire Brewery (8 stories)
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1888 - Fink's Building (10 stories/43m)

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1889 - The Australian Building (12 stories/53 metres - was the world's 3rd tallest skyscraper)

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Old June 8th, 2010, 03:19 PM   #6
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Great buildings, all of them!
I don't think the brewery could be seen a a skyscraper though.

Canada, New-York live insurance, 1887
Australia, Finks Building, 1888
Spain,Telefónica,1929
Belgium, Boerentoren, 1931

How would you like to see this list build up? I'm not quite sure how to do it?
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Old June 8th, 2010, 03:41 PM   #7
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Prudential, Warsaw, 1934, 66m, Art Deco

Before the war


During the war...


Then socialistic realism after the war


Now building is abandoned, has been sold and will be restored to pre-war form Works start this year i think.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 05:30 PM   #8
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Here in Slovakia arent real skyscrapers, the highest building has only 115 meters...

First building, which was called "skyscraper", is Manderla house, inspired by skyscrapers of Chicago. Manderla house was built by Rudolf Manderla, famous pre-war butcher. Its 45 meters high.

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[QUOTE=Amrafel;58277503]Here in Slovakia arent real skyscrapers, the highest building has only 115 meters...

First building, which was called "skyscraper", is Manderla house, inspired by skyscrapers of Chicago. Manderla house was built by Rudolf Manderla, famous pre-war butcher. Its 45 meters high.

Do you also know the building date?
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It would be nice if everyone updated the list with his Country,city,building,date,height.

Canada,Montréal, New-York live insurance, 1887,???m
Australia,Melbourne, Finks Building, 1888,43m
Spain,Madrid,Telefónica,1929,89m
Belgium,Antwerp, Boerentoren, 1931,95.8m
Poland,Warsauw, Prudential,1934,66m
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Edifício Martinelli São Paulo.....................1922-1934 construction







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It would be nice if everyone updated the list with his Country,city,building,date,height.

Canada,Montréal, New-York live insurance, 1887,???m
Australia,Melbourne, Finks Building, 1888,43m
Spain,Madrid,Telefónica,1929,89m
Belgium,Antwerp, Boerentoren, 1931,95.8m
Poland,Warsauw, Prudential,1934,66m
Montréal's New York Life Insurance Building is 50 m tall.
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Looks great. Btw, that's not an American look. That's just what skyscrapers from that era looked like. It has a 1920's skyscraper look!
Yes but American styles did set a lot of global trends.
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Either the lens used to take this photo was a fish-lens of some sort or all of these towers are leaning to one side... or I could be crazy.
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the Home Insurance building ~ Chicago

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The first skyscraper in the world was built in Chicago between 1884 and 1885. It was called the Home Insurance Building. Before the first skyscraper was built, people were concerned about the elevators and were afraid that they would fall until a man named Otis discovered a way to make elevators safe for everyone. A man named William LeBaron Jenney dicovered a way to use steel beams for the skeleton of the building while all other buildings at the time used bricks for the inside and out.

The building was completed in 1885, but sadly it was demolished in 1931. The Home Insurance Building was 12 stories high and it was 138 feet tall. It was made out of steel and the outer facing material was bricks.

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Yes but American styles did set a lot of global trends.
The one's built in the United States were just more famous than the ones built in Canada, Australia, etc. because they tended to be taller and there were more of them. That doesn't make them American styles, just styles of that era. It's no more an American style than it is an Australian style or Canadian style. The US was just the country with the most famous buildings.

It's like saying classical music is German style music because Beethoven was from there.
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USA, Chicago, Home Insurance,1885, 138ft=42m?
Canada,Montréal, New-York live insurance, 1887,50m
Australia,Melbourne, Finks Building, 1888,43m
Spain,Madrid,Telefónica,1929,89m
Belgium,Antwerp, Boerentoren, 1931,95.8m
Poland,Warsauw, Prudential,1934,66m
Brazil, Sao Polo,Edifício Martinelli,1934, 130m
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The first skyscraper in the world was built in Chicago between 1884 and 1885. It was called the Home Insurance Building. Before the first skyscraper was built, people were concerned about the elevators and were afraid that they would fall until a man named Otis discovered a way to make elevators safe for everyone. A man named William LeBaron Jenney dicovered a way to use steel beams for the skeleton of the building while all other buildings at the time used bricks for the inside and out.

The building was completed in 1885, but sadly it was demolished in 1931. The Home Insurance Building was 12 stories high and it was 138 feet tall. It was made out of steel and the outer facing material was bricks.
From wich year was the fully brick building in chicago? The one that started to sink on its own weight? I can't remember it's name bu t I read an article on it somewhere... I always thought that was the first highrise...
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This is the real first skyscraper (office Building) in Europe is in Rotterdam. It is called 'Het witte huis' (The white house). It was build in 1897 and it has 10 storys and it is 45 meters tall.

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FRANCE,Lyon METRO AREA:







" Tours de Villeurbanne " 1927-1931 : 72 meters

First French skyscraper i think.

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