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Facts Concerning Waco's Skyscraper

The American-Amicable Life Building
(duplication of a 1916 publication)

Building Height from sidewalk:

246 Feet & 4 Inches
Height to observation tower:
282 Feet
Height to flag pole:
303 Feet
Number of windows:
733
Number of doors:
1223
Number of suites available for rent:
190 two room suits, 76 single offices
Number of bolts/rivets:
250,000
Number in pounds of structural steel:
3,720,000
Number in pounds of iron:
230,000
Total weight of building:
40,085,200 lbs.
  • There is not the smallest particle of wood exposed in the building, excepting the window shades.

  • The tonnage of the material that entered into the building construction, 20,042 tons, would require 2,004 cars of 20,000 pounds capacity each to haul same, making eighty freight trains of twenty-five cars each, or one solid train sixteen miles in length.

  • Comparing this building with other buildings in the United States, this building is undoubtedly fully equal to any building that has been erected for similar purposes, being excelled in a few cases only in the matter of extravagant and unnecessary ornamentation.


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