Thursday, August 31, 2006

A little history about building

There's an interesting article, Building a Balloon with Sticks and Nails, in the October issue of Early American Life.  The first such building may have been a Catholic church in Chicago in 1833; the church needed to be built before winter, and the old way would take too long.  Scoffers said that the first big wind would blow it away like a balloon.  The article says, "Balloon construction is the first truly American contribution to building design." 


Anonymous said...

I had never heard of such a thing! Balloon construction.... hmmm, I'm going to check it out. Very interesting. Bea

Anonymous said...


It could be just another name for stick built.  I'm not sure.