An early 20th century skyscraper.

Early Skyscraper

An early 20th century skyscraper.

"New York is a city in Southern New York; coextensive with New York, Kings, Queens, and Richmond counties, on New York Bay, the Hudson and East rivers, Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean; the first city in the United States in population and commercial importance, and after London, the largest metropolitan center in the world. New York is noted for the number and height of its office buildings. In 1911 there were 50 such structures in occupancy, ranging from 14 to 50 stories in height, or from 179 to 700 feet above ground level, and 16 more were nearing completion. The tallest building was that of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 700 and one quarter feet to top of lantern on its majestic tower. Other conspicuous ones [include the] Park Row, 382 [feet]."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Park Row Building of New York

"New York is a city in Southern New York; coextensive with New York, Kings, Queens, and Richmond counties,…

An incomplete skyscraper, with steel framework visible.

Incomplete skyscraper

An incomplete skyscraper, with steel framework visible.

Illustration of a ladder leaning against the side of a building (wall) to form a right triangle .

Ladder Leaning Against a Building

Illustration of a ladder leaning against the side of a building (wall) to form a right triangle .

Illustration of a leaning tower with a perpendicular drawn from the top of the tower to the ground to form a right triangle.

Leaning Tower

Illustration of a leaning tower with a perpendicular drawn from the top of the tower to the ground to…

Illustration of a giant stepladder, sometimes called a skyscraper stepladder, that is opened next to a palm tree. One of the bottom legs of the unfolded ladder is adjacent to the tree. The ladder forms an isosceles triangle with the ground.

Skyscraper Giant Stepladder

Illustration of a giant stepladder, sometimes called a skyscraper stepladder, that is opened next to…

A "skyscraper" throw to first. — "He's good for second!"

Baseball in Jungleville 2

A "skyscraper" throw to first. — "He's good for second!"

Indian art made its entrance into China with the worship of Buddha. But still diversities, corresponding to the different nationalities, were gradually introduced. Instead of the Indian dagoba there appears a tower-like construction of many stories, growing smaller towards the top and with the stages distinctly marked, and covered with multicolored curved roofs to which bells were attached.

Porcelain Tower at Nankin

Indian art made its entrance into China with the worship of Buddha. But still diversities, corresponding…