Chicago Debates Hollow Tile Construction

Chicago Debates Hollow Tile Construction

The adherents of building brick and those favoring the use of building tile are engaged in a bitter debate over the use of the latter, which has heretofore been prohibited by the Chicago building ordinances. Despite almost a year’s effort on the part of Mayor Dover, a sub-committee of the City Council is still investigating the subject. Union labor forces are aligned against admitting hollow tile as a substitute for brick.

At a recent meeting at which fire insurance and fire protection were represented, John A. Neale, chief engineer of the Chicago Board of Underwriters, and Frank C. McAuliff, chief of the insurance patrol, related how a tile wall collapsed when a stream of water struck it during a recent fire. Another objection to the use of tile is the fact that manufacturers pay their men only $2.76 a day, as compared with $6 paid by the manufacturers of brick. Mayor Dever expresses himself in favor of the use of tile where brick is now specified in the ordinance, when used in certain types of construction.

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