This photo gallery focuses on the subject of skyscrapers, more specifically it focuses on their size. The term “skyscraper” was first coined to describe steel framed buildings of at least 10 stories in the late 19th century, when buildings of immense height began to pop up in major American cities like Chicago, New York City, Detroit, and St. Louis. The definition has since changed to describe buildings that are considerably higher, but no longer follows any exact standards. This means that buildings previously considered skyscrapers, like the 10 story 138 ft Home Insurance Building in Chicago, the world’s first official skyscraper, no longer fit the definition.

Perhaps this is for the better, as an exact definition does not seem appropriate for a term like “skyscraper”, a hyperbolic piece of poetry which should require no specific term for qualification besides awe. Because their height truly is awe-inspiring, when you stop to consider what an achievement they are. Consider how small mammals, like us, were able to build skyscrapers higher than the clouds, so that we might gaze down at the birds and look passed the edges of our cities, as they disappear beyond the horizon.

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Photos of Skyscrapers

Photos of Skyscrapers