|Home Insurance Building|
Henry had already become a building contractor in Chicago when they met. There was a shortage in housing and there were plenty of investors who wanted to hire Henry. Lande was however getting scarce.
- Why not build houses upwards instead Henry! Lena exclaimed one day. On the farm she grew up is still a small house with two floors, which looks like a mini skyscraper, that probably was her inspiration.
The architect William Le Baron Jenney was Henry's friend and he came up with the idea to use a scelleton of thin steel beams. Their first joined creation was the Chicago Home Insurance Building which was finished in 1885, 10 stories high.
Henry and Lena had a long life together and he was at 81 still the head of the board of Henry Ericsson & Co.
Picture: Le Home Insurance Building à Chicago construit en 1885
Exterior of the Home Insurance Building by architect William Le Baron Jenney in Chicago, Illinois
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