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Old 07-27-2013, 03:10 PM
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1879 and earlier. Were there any buildings in Europe over 10 storeys tall? The tallest buildings I have seen pictures of in Paris have been 6 storeys tall, except for modern buildings. Are there any that are taller built before the invention of the skyscraper? What about other cities in Europe, like Madrid? I'd rather focus on number of storeys, not height in metres.
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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It doesn't answer your specific question, but this site has some interesting data:

List of tallest structures built before the 20th century - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If you're interested in the subject, you might like the mystery novel "Cloud Sketcher" by Richard Rayner, which is about a Finnish architect who goes to New York in the early 20th century and is involved in the skyscraper revolution.
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:14 PM
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That isn't exactly what I had in mind. I'm wondering what the tallest buildings in Europe by number of floors, not height, were before the age of skyscrapers.
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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I think under 10. If that much even. Before the elevator (Otis safety elevator) it wasn't very practical for people to be walking all the way up. Water pressure would have been a ***** too. The foundations for anything taller made out of stone would have to be super thick as well.
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:47 PM
 
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The tallest structures in the past were bell towers and church spires. Even now, there are many European cities where these are still the tallest structures. It is difficult to base the rankings on number of floors, as even the Eiffel Tower has only 3 floors. The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 8 floors but this structure speaks for how reliable the engineering/architecture was in those days when the structure gets this high.
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Old 08-04-2013, 07:38 PM
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Yes, I realise that many buildings are taller, but I already know the tallest structures in Europe overall. I am specifically interested in the buildings with the most floors before the age of skyscrapers. Were there even 8 floor tower blocks standing in Europe before the 1880s? I've seen pictures of Paris, for example, and the tallest buildings I see are 6 floors, plus an attic, besides recently built structures.
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:40 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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Golden Tiger answers your question.
I think there was a law against buildings taller than churches.
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:38 AM
 
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Yes, I realise that many buildings are taller, but I already know the tallest structures in Europe overall. I am specifically interested in the buildings with the most floors before the age of skyscrapers. Were there even 8 floor tower blocks standing in Europe before the 1880s? I've seen pictures of Paris, for example, and the tallest buildings I see are 6 floors, plus an attic, besides recently built structures.
There are definitevely old buildings above 6 floors in Paris.
Especially 7 floors buildings that are about the average for Haussmannian buildings but it is true that before lifts, buildings with too many levels were not really convenient.

There is a 10 floors old building in this picture


Two 9 floors building in this picture and the other are 7 floors tall.


I don't know if those were buildings before 1880's, at this time (1860 to 1910) Paris was in big construction boom.
I believe that if authorities had let developers do what they want, we would have build skyscrapers in Paris like in New York or Chicago in the early 20th century.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:32 AM
 
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Probably the Pisa tower.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:58 AM
 
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The older buildings in the city centre of Vienna usually have between four and six storeys. Doesn't sound like much, but the standard ceiling height is around 3,60 meters. The tallest building in the centre is the Cathedral with 137 meters, followed by the City Hall (105m).

The oldest "classic" high-rise would be the one in Herrengasse (50m; they finished it in 1930). You don't even notice that it's taller than the other buildings in the streets.

File:WienHochhausHerrengasse.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
File:Wien Hochhaus Herrengasse Hofburg KHM 2012.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
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