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Home Insurance Building

LaSalle & Adams Streets
Chicago IL United States

Status:destroyed
Construction Dates
  Finished1885
  Destroyed1931
Floor Count12
Building Uses
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - chicago school

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof180 ft

Description
• Architect: William Le Baron Jenney
• Built in 1885 as a 10 storey building, 42.1 meters (138 feet), two floors were added in 1890. It was later demolished in 1931 to permit construction of the LaSalle National Bank Building (aka Field Building).
• Often cited as the first skyscraper because it used steel framing (in combination with load bearing masonry) to produce a more efficient and economical building design.

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