Leadership

SKELETON-FRAMED BUILDINGS.

Issue 18 and Volume 22.

SKELETON-FRAMED BUILDINGS. WHILE holding that the so-called fireproof and even the “absolutely fireproof” buildings are apt to disappoint their owners at certain critical moments, as was the case with the Manhattan bank building in this city, the Horne building in Pittsburgh, Pa., the Leonard building in Detroit, Mich., and elsewhere, it would be foolish to deny not only that they may sometimes be instrumental in preventing the spread of a fire, but also that, when built according to the best principles, with their iron work thoroughly protected by tiling and other safeguards, their steel skeletons, even after a destructive fire has gutted their interior and utterly consumed its contents, stand not unfrequently virtually intact, often so little injured by the effects of the heat as hardly to require any renewal in the way of beams, girders, and so on. A glance at the illustrations (given elsewhere in these columns) of…

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