Buffalo Industry under Construction, 1906–1943
This chapter begins with a newspaper ad placed at the beginning of the previous century that depicted the newly constructed George N. Pierce manufacturing plant at Buffalo. It describes the plant as a new kind of industrial architecture that satisfied the demands of rapid technological change in the United States over the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century. It also talks about the growth of US industry in the early twentieth century that coupled market capitalism with scientific optimization moderated by Progressive Era reforms. The chapter reviews the industry that came into being in the United States in the wake of a “Second Industrial Revolution,” which was produced by the architecture firm of Albert Kahn Associates. It considers the historical resource that photographs constitute from the archives of the US industrial architecture under construction between 1905 and 1945 in the Detroit area collections.
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