A Word for Architects
Engineering, Architecture, Metallurgy, Chemistry, Charlatanry
Notes that Holborn Viaduct is 'pronounced to be safe' despite cracks in its metal columns. Attempts to explain the oversight of the bridge's architect, William Haywood, who, according to Punch, was not expected to know of the effect of atmospheric changes on metal. Notes that 'many years ago every real architect had a book full of pictures' of iron structures which, when cool, 'exercised a tremendous pressure, and held up the walls'. Concludes by suggesting that in 1869 an architect should have known such elementary principles.
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