American Architect and Architecture Volume 89

American Architect and Architecture Volume 89

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...be, it is none the less a desirable thing for a community to have for its own protection, and until our cities can substantially be rebuilt on modern lines, it should be the duty of the community to aid in the process of rehabilitation by reducing the taxa-tion on all honest attempts at incombustible building. THE day after the Baltimore fire, it was reported in some of the daily papers that a watchman in one of the-safety-deposit vaults had lived through the night in practical ignorance that the building above his head had been gutted by fire. Whether the tale was true or false, we do not know. Possibly the similar story that comes from San Francisco is merely a gloss on the Baltimore tale; but it is given circumstantially in the San Francisco Clzronicle, to the effect that one man, out of a gang of butchers who found themselves obliged to flee for their lives, chose to seek safety by shutting himself inside the cold-storage room of the establishment. As some at least of his companions escaped, they naturally had an interest in learning the fate of their warm-blooded but chicken-hearted comrade, and eight days after his self-incarceration began succeeded in getting the door open. The unfortunate man was found in the last stages of exhaustion and is said to have died two hours later at a hospital. Our reason for citing these, possibly imaginary, occurrences is that they afford a chance to remind our readers that fatal or nearly fatal accidents to persons unintentionally locked into refrigerating-chambers are not at all uncommon, and hence it should be the duty of every architect who has to install such rooms, whether in mercantile premises, in club-houses or hotels, to provide the doors with locks that can be operated from both sides, or...show more

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  • Paperback | 452 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 803g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236898397
  • 9781236898395