Leadership

Supreme Court Decision on Skyscraper.

Issue 21 and Volume 45.

Supreme Court Decision on Skyscraper. A Washington dispatch of May 18 says that the “devision of the Supreme court, in the case of Francis C. Welch, trustee, against the building commissioner of Boston, has an application to every city in the country where skyscrapers are erected or contemplated. In supporting the commissioners in their refusal to grant a permit to Mr. Welch to erect a building 124 ft. high, it upholds absolutely the right of a State, under its police powers, to limit the height of buildings in an arbitrarily determined section of a city without offering compensation to property owners. An act of the Massachusetts legislature, passed in 1904, divided the city of Boston into two sections, business and residential, and limited the height of buildings in the former to 125 ft. and in the latter to 80 ft. The land on which Mr. Welch desired to erect bis…

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