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Steel supports for Manufactures Building
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The Manufactures Building was framed by massive arching steel beams. Buildings framed in steel need fewer supports compared to wood framed buildings. With fewer supports and columns holding up the roof of a building, you get a great deal more floor space. The Manufactures building was 1,687 ft. by 787 ft. with about forty acres of floor space inside. It was covered by massive roof of iron and glass over 312 ft. high. The building could seat 300,000 people. That is about three times the size of the largest stadium in the U.S. today (12/2002).

Bancroft, Hubert Howe. The Book of the Fair. Chicago: The Bancroft Company, 1893. Further reproduction or distribution is prohibited without permission.

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