Impact of European Technical Culture on the Development of Tall Building Architecture

  • Giselher Hartung
  • Tom F. Peters


This paper explores the idea that the European development of the iron frame led to the separation of skin and structure as an architectural concept that was then transplanted to Chicago through both architectural and engineering education in the latter half of the nineteenth century.


Masonry Wall Iron Plate Curtain Wall Timber Beam Corrugate Iron 
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  • Giselher Hartung
  • Tom F. Peters

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