Skyscraper

Skyscraper

1884

The invention of steel-girder skyscrapers enabled architects to move away from the constraints of load-bearing walls and towards steel-framed structures that granted more freedom and creativity. The first of these buildings was architect William Le Baron Jenney’s ten-storey Home Insurance Company Building, completed in 1885. As soon as it was built -and proven a success — the technology proliferated rapidly and soon rival architects tried to outdo each other, designing ever taller and more complex buildings.