Chicago 1890: the skyscraper and the modern city

Chicago's first skyscrapers, constructed in the 1880s and '90s, are famous for projecting the image of the modern city around the world. But what did they mean at home, to the Chicagoans who designed and built them, worked inside their walls, and gazed up at their facades? Answering this multifaceted question, this book reveals that early skyscrapers offered hotly debated solutions to the city's toughest problems and, in the process, fostered an urban culture that spread across the country."--[book jacket].