A view of the Home Insurance Building at the northeast corner of West Adams and South LaSalle Streets in Chicago, c. 1905. Gift of the Barnes-Crosby Company

Designed by American engineer and architect William Le Baron Jenney in 1884 and built the following year, the building became known as the world’s first modern skyscraper. It was supported by a revolutionary steel frame, which allowed for much greater height and stability without the greater weight of traditional masonry construction. The Home Insurance Building stood until 1931, when it was demolished.

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Now this is pretty awesome. Watch the patterns in the fog behind that building (viewed from the John Hancock Center, Chicago). You can make out a swirling, alternating vortex pattern. The fog is defining a Von Karman vortex pattern. 


Chicago - the city of Clouds