Gerald Larson

University of Cincinnati, Professor Emeritus of Architecture | Cincinnati, United States

About

Gerald Larson s a Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Cincinnati, where he taught architecture and architectural history for over 40 years. His research project has been the skyscraper and the Chicago School of Architecture. He has authored articles and spoken on these topics in a variety of international forums. He is completing a two-volume history (pre-Fire and post-Fire) of Chicago’s architecture that spans from Fort Dearborn to the 1893 Columbian Exposition. He has two Instagram sites: “thearchitectureprofessor” in which he discusses topics on architecture, and “thearchprofessorinchicago” in which he is conducting a chronological survey of Chicago’s architecture.

CTBUH Roles

Annual Conference, Presenter (Chicago 2019)

First Skyscrapers Symposium, Steering Committee (2019)

Research

01 March 2020

The Elevator, the Iron Skeleton Frame, and the Early Skyscrapers: Part 1

Gerald R. Larson, University of Cincinnati

The evolution in the use of the elevator and the iron frame to build ever-taller buildings that would eventually be called “skyscrapers” is still somewhat...

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01 March 2020

The Elevator, the Iron Skeleton Frame, and the Early Skyscrapers: Part 2

Gerald R. Larson, University of Cincinnati

In Part One, I documented the evolution of the use of the elevator and the iron frame to build ever-taller buildings that would eventually be...

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Research

11 October 2019

Was the Home Insurance Building The “First Skyscraper”?

Mir M. Ali, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Gerald Larson, University of Cincinnati

Chicago’s Home Insurance Building, the 12-story office building designed by William Le Baron Jenney, completed in 1885 and demolished in 1931, has frequently been referred...

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