24 May '15, 4am

thank you Larry Fast

On this day in history, May 22, 1888, Leroy Sunderland Buffington, an architect from Minnesota, received a patent for a system to build skyscrapers. In 1881, he claimed to have thought of the concept of building skyscrapers by using load-bearing iron frames. Yesterday: Amelia Earhart Completes Transatlantic Flight By November 1887, he had applied for the patent which he received the following year. “I decided to take a column for my model, a solid base, a plain shaft with upward lines like volutes, and a beautiful cap and skyline to finish,” he wrote. “This was the design of my 28-story building.” He also designed exteriors for a building that rose 50 stories and 600 feet, and he even designed a “cloudscraper” that reached 100 stories and 1,320 feet. Unfortunately, Buffington was not unsuccessful at collecting royalties from his patent, as many builders resisted compensati...

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