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1891 – The Fair Store

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Innovation: The Fair Store
Location: Chicago, IL
Year: 1891
By: William Le Baron Jenney

The Fair Store was a large department store in the form of a skyscraper in the city of Chicago built in the 1890’s. The building stood eleven stories tall at 165 feet and cost $3 million to construct. The department store, built by William Le Baron Jenney and his business partner William B. Mundie, designed an engineering and construction advancement within the building. The Fair Store employed a concrete raft foundation strengthened with iron rails which supported iron columns, beams, and girders. Also employed were concrete floors and fireproof tile arches set between the floors.

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Written by Nolan Rendon

October 5, 1891 at 6:07 pm

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