Author: Mathiesen, Julius
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THE architect has two souls. According to Prof. Dr. J. Terchnluller, of Karlsruhe, speaking at the recent Cologne Building Exhibition, one is that of the technical, or
practical man, the other that of the artist. The architect in whom these two influences
were not in conflict is fortunate, and two such men might be mentioned, Leonardo da Vinci, and Georg Baehr, one builder of the Frauenkirche in Dresden.
FORMING part of a comprehensive scheme of rebuilding and extensions of the warehouses and mills of Messrs., J. Bibby & Sons, Ltd., Liverpool, the building illustrated in this article is not only an excellent example of the modern heavy steel framed warehouse, but is also an object lesson in the many advantages possessed by structural steel, especially when difficult structural engineering problems have to be solved. Erected upon a site already crowded with large buildings in which every inch of available floor space was employed at capacity, and even overloaded, it was impossible
to carry out the erection with the same ease as when a clear space for handling long stanchions is available. Many of the stanchions, indeed, had to be delivered in short lengths and manceuvred into position through existing roofs and floors, and it says much for the care and skill displayed by Messrs. John Booth & Sons, Hulton Steel Works, Bolton, who were responsible for the fabrication and erection of the steel framework, that when the stanchions were Completed and the floor beams came to be fixed between them, no adjustment whatever was required, for so accurate was the setting out and preparation of the work that the beams fitted with dead level exactness.
IT is remarkable that much of the labour of engineers has been in connection with water. Some of the greatest works of engineering of the past were the giant aqueducts built by the Romans. To irrigate land and to bring water to cities for human use-these are surely the most beneficent of all the accomplishments which are set to the credit of engineers. In a previous chapter of this series it was described how Brindley exercised his talents in the making of canals. Myddelton, however, who worked at a period even earlier than that of Brindley, was set an even more difficult task, for it fell to him to create a water-way not for traffic by barges, but with the purpose of providing water for the ordinary use of the inhabitants of London, and his main title to fame is that he cut “The New River.” (See illustrations 1 and 2.)
A. Trystan Edwards