Date When Celebrated: Skyscraper Day is always observed on September 3
Skyscraper Day is a day to appreciate and admire the world’s tallest skyscrapers.
Skyscrapers are truly engineering and architectural marvels. In many crowded cities, space is in short supply, and real estate prices are ever-increasing. Building “up” becomes more and more logical. As technical capabilities in construction improved, skyscraper buildings have become taller and taller. In addition, there is a certain prestige to having one of the tallest buildings in the world in your city and country.
The 10-story Home Insurance Company building in Chicago, IL was the first skyscraper. Construction began on May 1, 1884, and was completed in 1885. It was also the first building to use a steel frame. The building was demolished in 1931.
A Tall Debate: There is some disagreement over how to measure the height of skyscrapers. At issue, is whether to measure the height of flagpoles and antennas atop most tall buildings.
Did You Know? The Empire State Building in New York City was the world’s tallest skyscraper when it was built in 1931. Now, it ranks #55.
Have a very happy Skyscraper Day.
World's Tallest Skyscrapers
|Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower
|Mecca, Suadi Arabia
|Ping An International Tower
|Empire State Building
|New York, NY
How to Celebrate Skyscraper Day
- Read and learn about skyscrapers.
- Go up to the top of a skyscraper, even if it is not one of the world’s largest.
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History and Origin of How to Celebrate Skyscraper Day
We found no factual information about this special day. But, we do find skyscrapers to be fascinating.
“Skyscraper day is on September 3rd because that is Louis H. Sullivan’s birthday (1856), the architect credited with the first skyscrapers.” Nathan Bird, Sparks, Nevada
A couple of internet websites incorrectly refer to this as “National Skyscraper Day” It is not a national day. If anything, it should be an International or World day, as only one skyscraper in the United States rank among the top ten. It is the One World Trade center which ranks number 7.
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