August 17, 2019

Today in History: Louis H. Sullivan

Today in History–September 3–the Library of Congress features architect Louis H. Sullivan, born on this day in 1856 in Boston, Massachusetts. Sullivan moved to Chicago early in his career in 1873. After the great Chicago fire of 1871 there was much work to do and Sullivan became a pioneer in the design of skyscrapers known for his core philosophy that "form ever follows function". Learn more about this prolific architect who inspired generations of others by visiting … [Read more...]

Today in History: Empire State Building

Today in History–May 1–the Library of Congress features New York's Empire State Building, opened on this day in 1931. President Herbert Hoover participated in the event by pressing a ceremonial button in Washington, D.C., thus, "turning on" the lights. The Empire State Building held the record for tallest building in the world until 1972. Still a New York tourist attraction, it is infamous for being the building that King Kong climbs. Learn more about this iconic building and other early … [Read more...]

Today in History: Skyscrapers

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 … [Read more...]