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True architecture & engineering buffs simply must include a visit to Monadnock while in Chicago. At the time, the architects believed that brick was not strong enough to support a "skyscraper" - hence 6-foot thick walls at the base tapering to two brick thick at the top. Modern science proved the tensil and compression strength of brick easily capable of support tall structures - today, thin-walled "loadbearing" brick buildings abound in this height range.
Tom Herron - Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 @ 12:37am
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