Architecture and Building Volume 28

Architecture and Building Volume 28

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... Dubois, M. Barthelemy, M. Lechevalier Chevignard, M. Guifard, etc. There is no more interesting chateau in all France. IN the case of the fire in the Ayer Building, Wabash Avenue, Chicago, the coroner's jury brought in a verdiot censuring the owners of the building, holding that the structure was faultily constructed and insufficiently supplied with fire escapes. The verdict recommends that the question of indictments be taken up by the Grand Jury. The Chicago News, commenting on the disaster, says: "About once in so often something occurs like the Ayer Building fire which shows anew that the Building Department interposes only the flimsiest of safeguards between the public and greedy builders who are perfectly willing to take desperate chances of causing the deaths of a score or so of people in order to save a few thousand dollars on their contracts. Perhaps it will never be any different until it is clearly recognized that the man who puts up a death-trap building is a criminal, chargeable with the blood of innocent persons and richly deserving a term in the penitentiary, and that the building incompetent or dishonest as to overlook the murderous scamping in the construction is an accessory to the crime. A few penitentiary sentences will do more to make the Building Department effective than any number of amendments to the building ordinances." This trouble, we believe, iies back of the inspector and the dishonest contractor. In most cases where these accidents have occurred tke owner has economized by employing a cheap architect or no architect. It seems as though the present Illinois law in regard to licensing architects ought to place all important work in the hands of competent and conscientious men and more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236827880
  • 9781236827883