Ever since the late 1800s when the first skyscrapers appeared, tall buildings have inspired awe and fascination. The beautiful books listed here pay tribute to every variety of skyscraper, including Classical, Art Deco, Expressionist, Modernist, and Postmodernist, and to the architects who conceived them.
Home Insurance Building in Chicago is often considered to be the first skyscraper built (1885). In this little book, preservationist Leslie Hudson has gathered together vintage postcards to help us explore Chicago's skyscraper era.
A good roundup of new skyscrapers, with information about developments in form, character, and technology. By John Zukowsky and Martha Thorne. Also see:
Detailed photography of the world's great skyscrapers along with the history of each skyscraper and information about the architects involved in their construction. By Charles Sheppard. Also see:
available to read for free online, but HardPress Publishing has reproduced the work as a testament to its historic timelessness.
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