What was the first sky scraper built in the United States?



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    The Home Insurance Building was built in 1884 in Chicago, Illinois. Due to the building’s unique architecture and unique weight bearing frame, it is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world, with 10 stories and height of 138 feet. It was the first building to use structural steel in its frame, but the majority of its structure was composed of cast and wrought iron. It was the first tall building to be supported, both inside and outside, by a fireproof metal frame. The building was demolished in 1931 to make way for the Field Building (now the LaSalle National Bank Building).

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