Jenney, William LeBaron – Architect & Engineer


This William LeBaron Jenney history mug is one of a collection of Architecture related biographical mugs.  An image of William LeBaron Jenney and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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William LeBaron Jenney studied the latest iron construction techniques while a student of engineering and architecture in France.  In 1861, when he returned to the United States, he joined the Union Army.  During the Civil War, Jenney engineered fortifications for Sherman and Grant.  Jenney designed the Home Insurance Building, a 10 story structure in Chicago that was the first fully metal-framed building in the world.  He is referred to as the “Father of the American skyscraper.”  Many of his buildings were built in Chicago.

The Steel-Framed Skyscraper 

In the 1880s an innovative style of architecture was developed using steel-framing and clad in masonry.  The Home Insurance Building, constructed in 1885 by William LeBaron Jenney, is considered to be the world’s first skyscraper.  This new construction technique was used by many architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Henry Hobson Richardson, and Daniel Burnham.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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