Architectural Record Volume 9

Architectural Record Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...building of the usual American type. That class of building is associated, at present, with more provision for fire-resistance than any other. Little as they deserve the name of being proof against fire, what has been done to make them so shows, well enough, what more may be done in the same direction. Let us suppose that our building is to front on two of the narrower streets of that city; that is to say, that its windows will open upon a space from sixty to eighty feet in width to theoppositewindows, rather than upon a great open square, or a street like Broad Street in New York of quite unusual amplitude. As the building is to be high, it will probably rise above its immediate neighbors, and a few windows will be opened in the gable wall, helping to light the upper stories. The rear windows will look out upon an open yard of no great size which separates the building from its next neighbor in that direction; so that on the whole no window will be nearer than sixty feet to the opposite window, and none much more distant than that from such opposite window. Under these circumstances the very first question to settle will be: Shall there be iron shutters to the windows? In old times it was quite the rule to put up iron shutters in the front as well as in the rear of the simple buildings of the by-streets, and the fire department authorities used to object to these sluitters until a fastening was introduced which could be opened easily from the exterior by a man on a ladder. Now they have pretty much disappeared from the fronts. The demand for a very large percentage of surface opened up in window space and filled with glass, has been the chief cause for the abandonment of these projections: and with this is to be counted the unmistakeable more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236628047
  • 9781236628046