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Home Insurance Building

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Identification

Home Insurance Building
Royal Insurance Building
102645

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Structure in General

high-rise building
demolished [destroyed]
steel
spread foundation
chicago school

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • This is generally regarded as the world's first skyscraper. It was the first tall building to be supported, both inside and outside, by a fireproof metal frame.
  • Although the Home Insurance Building made full use of steel framing technology, it was not a pure steel-framed structure since it rested partly on granite piers at the base and on a rear brick wall.
  • This was demolished to make way for the Field Building, now known as the LaSalle Bank Building.
  • Originally built in 1885 as a 10-story building, 138 feet high. In 1890 two more floors were built on top.

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Location

135 South LaSalle Street
140 West Adams Street
LaSalle & Adams Streets, NE corner
60604
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

55.00 m
55.00 m
55.00 m
12
1885
1931

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