1890s-1920s

Three-Part Vertical Block

5 or More Stories

  The  three-vertical block is identical to the two-part vertical block except that it has a distinctive upper zone of 1-3 stories.  Three-Part Vertical Block buildings are analogous to the divisions of classical columns with their bases, shafts, and capitals.  These facades were fully developed by the 1890s during the Richardsonian style.  By the 1920s this was the dominant style for tall buildings in large cities.  During the 1920s upper sections were recessed, sometimes in several stages, resulting in dramatic vertical appearances.
Most Three-Part Vertical Block structures have these features:
  • 5 or more stories

  • distinctive upper zone of 1-3 stories.

  • facades with divisions of classical columns with their bases, shafts, and capitals.

Type

 1850  1860  1870  1880  1890  1900  1910  1920  1930  1940  1950

Feature

Three-Part Vertical Bock





tall buildings in large cities

Created by Jaime Blechschmidt 9 June 1997