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."