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Category Archives: Chicago

The History of Cities in 50 Buildings: The Home Insurance Building

I’m writing several architectural essays for the Guardian‘s History of Cities in 50 Buildings. My first, and the series’ ninth, deals with the world’s first skyscraper, William Le Baron Jenney’s Home Insurance Building in Chicago: It won’t surprise anybody to learn that the very first skyscraper went up in the United States, but it will surprise some […]

Podthoughts: Curious City

Vital stats: Format: questions about Chicago history, culture, and infrastructure, investigated Episode duration: 9-23m Frequency: weekly “Not so long ago Chicagoans were convinced that their city would soon be the greatest and most famous on Earth, outranking New York, London, and Paris, the centre of a new world, the boss city of the universe,” writes […]