Volume offers monumental look at late 19th-century skyscrapers

The Structure of Skyscrapers in America 1871-1900: Their History and Preservation, by Donald Friedman. Springfield, Ill.: Association for Preservation Technology International, 2020; 450 pages, $55.

For more than 10 years, the world’s tallest skyscraper has been Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which, at 2,717 ft., is more than a half-mile tall. It is as tall as the previous record holder, Taipei 101, and the Chrysler Building, combined. The modern engineering and construction expertise that went into its creation are as staggering as its height — yet it is also indebted to the previous 150 years of skyscraper evolution

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