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Hallidie's is not the first curtainwall

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John McAslan's Building Favourite (aj 24.9.1998/Steel Design autumn 1998) repeats what I believe is the misconception that the Hallidie Building in San Francisco (1917) is the world's first curtainwall building. I would cite the Boley Clothing Company Building, built in Kansas City, Missouri, by Lewis Singleton Curtiss in 1908-09. It is possibly coincidental that Willis Polk, the architect of the Hallidie Building, had worked in Kansas City from 1885 to about 1888. By 1908 he had long since been resident in the Bay Area, but he might have retained connections with the architectural community in Kansas City.


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