Not Earthquake-resistance Construction: the Top 5 Skyscrapers Built Before the 20th Century

The term “skyscraper” refers to any building that is forty or more stories high. Anything under that may be a “high rise” building, but it’s not technically a skyscraper. Hey, you’re learning new stuff already! You may think of the skyscraper as a thoroughly modern construct, and in many ways you’d be right. Because it is. But that doesn’t mean that people haven’t been building impressively tall buildings for many years. In fact, we’ve been constructing insanely big things for centuries!
Let’s get off our modern high horses a bit and give a nod to those builders of yore – let’s look at some of history’s older buildings that reached up toward the sky! As to whether or not they scraped it, you be the judge. And note that yes, there are manmade things taller than we’ll be talking about here, such as the Eifel Tower, but that’s not a building, it’s just an… Eifel Tower….
Not Earthquake-resistance Construction: the Top 5 Skyscrapers Built Before the 20th Century
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The term “skyscraper” refers to any building that is forty or more stories high. Anything under that may be a “high rise” building, but it’s not technically a skyscraper. Hey, you’re learning new stuff already! You may think of the skyscraper as a thoroughly modern construct, and in many ways you’d be right. Because it is. But that doesn’t mean that people haven’t been building impressively tall buildings for many years. In fact, we’ve been constructing insanely big things for centuries!
Let’s get off our modern high horses a bit and give a nod to those builders of yore – let’s look at some of history’s older buildings that reached up toward the sky! As to whether or not they scraped it, you be the judge. And note that yes, there are manmade things taller than we’ll be talking about here, such as the Eifel Tower, but that’s not a building, it’s just an… Eifel Tower….
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And you thought the half mile high buildings we can create today were special, huh? Buildings designed with counterweights to factor in the wind at 2000+ feet of elevation, or build on giant casters to account for tectonic movement, buildings… Ok, they’re pretty damn impressive.

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