Today in History: Skyscrapers

Building the great steel-framed skyscrapers - working high above the street, New York City
Today in History–November 8–the Library of Congress features architect skyscrapers. On this day in 1906, cameraman Fred A. Dobson began filming The Skyscrapers of New York atop an uncompleted skyscraper at Broadway and 12th Street. To learn more about how engineering and architectural innovations in the mid-to-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries transformed the skylines of American cities, visit the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to skyscrapers, architecture, and engineering.

Skyscrapers primary source set

The Skyscrapers of New York film

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Skyscraper images

Perilous Proceedings skyscrapers story map

Skyscraper books & articles

The Skyscraper” (song recording)

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More historical newspaper coverage of skyscrapers

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