First Beamless Steel Building (Jan, 1942)

First Beamless Steel Building

MADE entirely of “dished” plates of steel only 3/16 of an inch thick, this building was put up without any beams or other ordinary type of support. It is called “egg-shell type” construction. Measuring 108 feet in diameter and 28 feet high, the building is fireproof and soundproof and insulated throughout. It was built in Chicago.

7 comments
  1. Nomen Nescio says: December 28, 201110:54 am

    and in a rainstorm, you can call it a “snare drum-type construction”. because that “soundproof” part, yeah, not so much.

    the summer after i moved out of the mobile home (never again!) and into a proper framed house, one night i found myself wondering what it was that was missing. that had been missing for a few weeks, already, that i was only just then noticing. after a while it came to me — no rattling, drumming noise, even though it was raining outside.

    don’t even ask me about acorns in fall. they’d make that thing into a “cymbal-type construction”, were there any oak trees overhead. (wonder if the thing still stands?)

  2. Hirudinea says: December 28, 20115:14 pm

    Klaatu Barada Nikto!

  3. Stephen says: December 29, 20117:09 am

    I’d like to know what it was meant for. Apparently something that didn’t need windows.

  4. Mcubstead says: December 29, 20114:11 pm

    what was it far ,a planetarium?

  5. Kosher Ham says: December 31, 20113:50 pm

    It looks like one of Buckmaster Fuller’s projects on steroids.

  6. whoozle whaazle says: January 3, 20129:57 am

    It kind of creeps me out.

    *shudders

  7. M.S.W. says: January 20, 20122:07 pm

    Looks like the Bridge Section of the Origianl Star Trek Enterprise (albeit predates ST by 25 years).

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