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Panorama of Chicago in 1916

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Architect Daniel H. Burnham Was Born
September 4, 1846

What is the tallest building that you have been in? Burnham and Root pioneered the construction methods that made modern skyscrapers possible.

After Root died, Burnham took over Root's job as chief architect of Chicago's 1893 World's Colombian Exposition, a kind of world's fair He created a temporary city with grand boulevards, lush gardens, and classical building exteriors. U.S. architects were so inspired that they incorporated similar elements into their own designs.

Burnham, along with architect Edward Bennett, also developed plans for a real city. The Plan of Chicago in 1909, with its system of parks and recreation areas, set the standard for urban design. Walk through your own town or city and find the buildings that were created with "magic to stir men's (and women's) blood."

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