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Delaware Block, 36 W. Randolph.  Wheelock and Thomas, 1874 (extended later).  (Photo by Thomas Leslie)  Chicago’s soil was a hurdle to tall construction regardless of building type. Chicago rested up on a hundred-foot-thick layer of waterlogged clay that frustrated attempts … Continue reading

Mather Tower, 75 E. Wacker.  Herbert Hugh Riddle, 1928.  View from north.  (Photograph by Thomas Leslie) No tower had been built to such slender proportions, and there were few opportunities for diagonal bracing in the tower’s narrow direction because of … Continue reading

Thomas Leslie, author of Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934, recently spoke with WGLT-FM public radio about what architecture says not only about a city’s history, but about interpreting an urban identity.  “Chicago skyscrapers were seen as this example of technology sort of determining … Continue reading

Thomas Leslie, author of the new University of Illinois Press book Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934, is the subject of a Chronicle of Higher Education feature. Thomas Leslie likes to warn his Iowa State University architecture students that when he brings them … Continue reading

Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934 author Thomas Leslie was on hand for the Association of Preservation Technology Western Great Lakes Chapter and Construction History Society of America’s Skyscraper Symposium. The daylong event held at the School of the Art Institute’s Leroy Neiman … Continue reading

Is the soon-to-be-finished One World Trade Center the tallest building in the United States?  Thomas Leslie, author of Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934, says maybe not. Leslie wrote an op-ed for the New York Times making the case for Chicago’s Willis Tower … Continue reading