Bizarre buildings are fun to look at. It can even be fun to imagine the history behind the buildings as well. This article we found shows 10 bizarre buildings and tells their histories. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
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Iconic buildings such as the Flatiron Building and the Empire State Building are revered for their historical and cultural significance. However, few people are aware of the equally important structures scattered around the world—structures that have survived time, nature, and the wrecking ball.
A visitor to Wichita Falls in Texas is likely to come across the Newby-McMahon Building, which became known as the ” World’s Littlest Skyscraper.” The 12-meter (40 ft) building consists of four floors, with each floor taking up a space of only 11 square meters (118 ft2). The staircases alone occupy 25 percent of its interior space, making the whole structure barely inhabitable. Who was crazy enough to invest in such a building? And why is it called a “skyscraper”?
The legend goes that the building was constructed during the oil boom days of 1919, when an oil field was discovered in a nearby city. Thousands of Wichita County residents grabbed the opportunity by selling their mineral rights, thus becoming millionaires. For the small Wichita Falls, however, there was an endless inflow of fortune seekers but little office space to serve them. Deals with oil companies were mostly made in tents erected on street corners. This continued until a promoter named J.D. McMahon proposed a solution. McMahon promised a multistory building that would stand close to the successful St. James Hotel. After presenting his blueprints, he immediately sold $200,000 in stock to investors.
However, what McMahon did not mention to the investors—who apparently were too excited to notice—was that the scale of his blueprints was specified in inches rather than feet. Once the building was completed, investors were shocked to find it was a lot smaller than they’d expected. By then, the promoter was nowhere to be found. The defrauded investors managed to track down McMahon and bring a lawsuit against him. However, they didn’t have a case, since McMahon had built the house exactly according to the blueprints agreed upon. With office space still in demand, oil companies had no option but to use the tiny building until the boom oil came to an end. The building was eventually abandoned when the Great Depression struck in 1929.
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