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Famous-Barr Exterior 01
 

Famous-Barr Exterior 01


AC Benus

From sidewalk, looking up 21 floors.

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Beautiful.

 

Wish they still made this type of architecture today. It is so much more interesting then the glass towers of today or the plain brick of the recent past.

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Beautiful.

 

Wish they still made this type of architecture today. It is so much more interesting then the glass towers of today or the plain brick of the recent past.

Thanks, Reader. I agree with you, and this bldg is beautiful. I will a few more pix of the exterior.

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I do like buildings with terracotta decoration - there are several late C19 ones where I live.

 

Love the angle you used to take this!

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I do like buildings with terracotta decoration - there are several late C19 ones where I live.

 

Love the angle you used to take this!

Thanks for the comments! I'll just say, as I have been writing about 1912-13 and the opening of this building, I've been reading lots of trade journals (thank you google books!). I always knew this was the world's largest commercial structure until the 40-story-tall Equitable in New York finally provided more square footage, but other facts really floored me. One is that this structure was fully sprinklered, and that's amazing, considering sprinklering buildings of this size was not mandated in the U.S. until 1996! Also incredible was learning that steel decking was invented for this structure (which is now the standard for all steel buildings). They had to innovate a totally new way to construct the floors because the column spacings required by the store were gigantic (up to 28.5 feet). Truly a marvelous structure all ways 'round!

 

Innovation on Titanic levels          

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