The Manhattan Building
Location: 431 Dearborn St., Chicago, Illinois
Architect: William LeBaron Jenney
Year Built: 1891
Height: 170 feet
About the Manhattan Building:
The lower floor cast-iron exterior facade does not hold the building's weight. The interior steel framework allowed the building's height to soar and the exterior to be a skin of windows. Compare with Jenney's earlier 1885 Home Insurance Building.
Sources: Chicago Architecture Info, ©2012 Artefaqs Corporation; Manhattan Building, Chicago - A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary, National park Service. Websites accessed September 11, 2012.