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When was William
LeBaron Jenney born?
What did this
architect do in his early and middle
What is Jenney most
What were some of
Who did Jenney train
to be an architect?
When did Jenney
When was William LeBaron Jenney
Jenney was born September 25, 1832 in
What did this architect do in his
early and middle years?
In Massachusetts, Jenney studied
engineering at the Lawrence Scientific School. Following
that he was an engineer in the Union Army during the
Civil War. Then he started an architectural firm in
What is Jenney most famous
Jenney is credited with being the
"Father" of the skyscraper. He designed the first "tall"
building, the Home Insurance Building in Chicago. This
building was constructed from 1884 to 1886. The building
was able to support its heavy walls because of its iron
and steel skeleton frame.
What were some of Jenney's
Two of Jenney's important Chicago
buildings are no longer standing. They were the Leiter 1
Building, and the Home Insurance Building. Some of
Jenney's buildings that still stand are The Leiter II
building, the Ludington, and the Manhattan
Who did Jenney train to be an
Jenney trained some very important
Chicago architects. They include: Daniel
Wellborn Root, and
When did Jenney die?
William LeBaron Jenney died May 14,