Where was the first skyscraper?

As you might have guessed, it was in the United States. Tall buildings were called skyscrapers as early as the 1880s. They were built on a steel structure and had central heating, electrical pumps and lifts. In 1890, Major William Le Baron Jenney and Louis Sullivan built the first skyscraper in Chicago. This was the Home Insurance Building. It had ten floors, including the basement. Two floors were added in 1891. Skyscrapers could house so many people that they changed the way people lived and worked.

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  1. This is not the first Skycrapers in the world. One of the first skycrapers recorded history of man kind is Lovamahapaya in SRI LANKA. According to Mahavamsa, the great chronicle of the Sinhalese, this was a massive nine storied building with a height of 150 ft (47 metres) and each side with a 150 feet (46 metres) length. The building was supported by 40 rows of stone pillars with 40 pillars which totalled 1600 pillars. In each storey there were 1000 rooms and 100 windows. The building was adorned with corals and precious stones. Its roof was covered with copper-bronze plates. Although this description may be a little exaggerated, this would have been a very impressive building at that time looking at what remains today.
    Regards, Herath, an Exploration Geologist

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