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Old February 19th, 2006, 01:49 PM   #41
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picture taken in 1935:


nowadays:
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Old April 5th, 2006, 09:27 AM   #42
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My favourite one in town here, the Edifice Sunlife Building:



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Old April 8th, 2006, 04:25 AM   #43
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Buenos Aires:

Kavanagh Building - 120m - 1935:





Palacio Barolo - 100m - 1923:





Torre Bencich - 80m - 1929:



Others:





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Old June 6th, 2006, 06:08 AM   #44
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Old June 8th, 2006, 04:39 AM   #45
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Detroit...

A few more buildings to add to those that Hudkina posted:

United Way (former Chamber of Commerce) Building, 12 stories, 1895:

This building has been "modernized" and has lost much ornament.

Penobscot Block, 13 stories, 1905 (not to be confused with Penobscot Annex in 1913 and Penobscot Building in 1928):

Named after a river and/or indian tribe in Maine.

Cadillac Building (former GM headquarters), 15 stories, 1921 (at time of completion the 2nd largest building in the world after NY Equitable Bldg as measured by floor space):


Maccebees Building, 15 stories, 1927:

The Lone Ranger radio program was first broadcast by station WXYZ from this building in 1933.

Industrial Building Apartments (right side of picture), 22 stories, 1928:

The last of Louis Kamper's skyscrapers. The Book Tower on the left was also one of his designs.

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Old June 8th, 2006, 06:24 AM   #46
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They are all pretty old but I like all of 'em
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Old June 8th, 2006, 11:01 AM   #47
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First skyscraper in Europe

the first European skyscraper was built in the center of Antwerp and not in Rotterdam. In the run-up to the 1930 Antwerp World Exhibition, the first European skyscraper was built in the center of Antwerp.
At the time construction was completed, the originally 87.5 meters high tower was the highest in Europe. It was also one of the first buildings in Europe which made use of a load-carrying structural frame, also originating from Chicago. After the restoration in 1970 the tower reached a height of 97 meters.

The tower is nicknamed Boerentoren or 'Farmer's tower' as the bank's most important shareholder at the time was a farmers cooperation. The official name of the tower is now the KBC tower as the current main tenant is the KBC, the largest bank of Flanders.

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Old June 8th, 2006, 11:39 AM   #48
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The Potter Bldg is said to be NYC's first skyscraper, but it doesn't get mentioned very often.

potter bldg was built in 1886. it was first of many to reach over 10floors. but 10 years earlier in 1875 the 70m Western union bldg was tallest bldg along with 79m tribune bldg of 1876. even before them the first highrise with lifts was the 1867 Equable life assurance.

western union-1875/10storeys/230ft/70m



original tribune bldg 1876/10storeys/79m
(floors were later added which ruined whole look)

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Old June 8th, 2006, 12:06 PM   #49
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First high-rise building in Norway: Folketeaterbygningen in Oslo. Buildt 1935. 12 stories and 46 metres tall.

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Old June 9th, 2006, 01:41 AM   #50
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Australia's had a 150ft/46m height limit up until 1956, so we were robbed of having magnificent tall gothic or art deco scrapers like USA ect.
Australia's first skyscraper of 12storeys was melbournes APA Bldg of 1889. At 46m/150ft /spire-53m/175ft, it was 3rd tallest office bldg in the world!
sadly it was neglected and finally demolished in 1980.


Sydney's first skyscraper (12storeys) was CULWULLA CHAMBERS of 1912. The public were unhappy with how the upper floors couldnt be reached by fire ladders so for next 50 years a 150ft/45m height limit was imposed for Sydney and 40m/132ft for other cap cities in oz.



the only way to surpass the 150ft height was to add decorative structures above. the tallest for 2 decades was AWA Tower in sydney which when built in 1939 rose to 370ft/112m with radio mast.

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Old June 9th, 2006, 02:52 AM   #51
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what a beautiful old towers...
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Old June 7th, 2010, 09:39 PM   #52
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The first skyscraper in Europe is built in Rotterdam The Netherlands. It was the white house almost 50 m high and completed in 1898.
Is there an old photo or drawing around of his building?
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Old June 8th, 2010, 10:46 AM   #53
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Old June 11th, 2010, 06:36 AM   #54
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pre-1940s Buildings in Minneapolis & St Paul:

Foshay tower:


Qwest building:


Rand tower:


Med. Arts building:


Soo Line building:


1st Nat'l Bank building:


St Paul city hall:


Midtown exchange building:

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Old June 11th, 2010, 06:58 AM   #55
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Sydney's first skyscraper (12storeys) was CULWULLA CHAMBERS of 1912. The public were unhappy with how the upper floors couldnt be reached by fire ladders so for next 50 years a 150ft/45m height limit was imposed for Sydney and 40m/132ft for other cap cities in oz.

the only way to surpass the 150ft height was to add decorative structures above. the tallest for 2 decades was AWA Tower in sydney which when built in 1939 rose to 370ft/112m with radio mast.

That one reminds me of the old Atlantic Richfield Building in Los Angeles that was the city's tallest, including antenna, until the City Hall was built in 1934.

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Old June 11th, 2010, 08:41 AM   #56
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Broad St Station Philadelphia

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Broad Street Station (demolished) at Broad & Market Streets was the primary passenger terminal for the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1881 to the 1950s. Directly west of City Hall, the office towers of Penn Center now occupy the site.

Originally designed by Wilson Brothers & Company in 1881, Broad Street Station was dramatically expanded by renowned Philadelphia architect Frank Furness, 1892-93. In 1894, the PRR relocated its headquarters from Fourth Street to the office building above the station, where they remained until moving to the Suburban Station Building in the 1930s. It was finally demolished in 1953, a year after all train service to it had ceased.
Broad Street Station dominated the center of the city. Trains would enter and exit the station two stories above street level on a viaduct known as the "Chinese Wall" and run west to cross the Schuylkill River. The Station provided service to virtually every destination served by the PRR. From Broad Street Station, passengers heading in any direction would first arrive at West Philadelphia Station at 32nd and Market Streets on the west side of the Schuylkill, which in 1933 was replaced by 30th Street Station.

The lower levels of the structure were heavy and rusticated, recalling the work of H. H. Richardson from the previous decade, while the spandrels of the upper stories emphasized the building's verticality. The frame for the stone structure was largely made of iron and steel, and on the interior the structural techniques were often displayed by balustrades and columns that in places revealed the rivets that held them together. The formal style of the building was altogether not unlike that of Furness's building for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, which he completed in 1876, or his University of Pennsylvania Library, designed in 1888.

As the station expanded after 1881, additional train sheds were added to cover additional tracks, twelve in all by 1891. They were eventually replaced by a single shed, which, upon its completion in 1892, had the largest single span of any station roof in the world (91 m), and ultimately covered 16 tracks. The train shed was destroyed by a fire on 11 June 1923. The fire began about 1:00 a.m. and burned for two days. Amazingly, work on clearing the debris began even while the fire was still smoldering. The steel skeleton that remained was fully removed; thereafter, the train platforms operated while covered by small, "umbrella" shelters. These replacements were destroyed by another fire that began at 9:38 a.m. on 12 September 1943, and were replaced by a similar structure that remained for the last ten years of the station's existence.

In the 1920s and '30s, the Pennsylvania Railroad constructed two new stations: 30th Street Station, which is now the main intercity hub for Philadelphia rail travel, and Suburban Station, an underground stub line that went from 30th Street Station to a tunnel that ended just northwest of City Hall, directly north of Broad Street Station. As a result, Broad Street Station's importance diminished dramatically. It ultimately suffered a fate similar to many of Furness's institutional buildings, as it was closed in 1952 and razed in 1953. The land which was once occupied by Broad Street Station and its access tracks is now the home to the commercial heart of the city, also known as Penn Center, including buildings such as the 54-story Mellon Bank Center. Today, all that remains of the building is a historic marker on 15th Street commemorating the site.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 07:55 PM   #57
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The Nacional Building was the first-ever highrise building in Mexico City and the whole of Mexico.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 09:56 PM   #59
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Kungstornen, Stockholm - the first "skyscrapers" in Sweden, some say the first in Europe.
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Oh my God, what a beauties in this thread!

Another beauty: Nebotičnik (meaning litterally "the skyscraper") in Ljubljana (Slovania). 1933.


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