—The Architecture Puzzler
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Architecture Puzzler #580
When early American townships were being developed, it was common to offer lots of various lengths along street frontages. Depending on a person’s inclinations or financial strength they might purchase a lot of 1, 2, 3, or 4 rods wide. How wide is a 4-rod lot?
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Architecture Puzzler #579
At the time the Dirigible Dock building was first built (1929), it was considered by some to enclose the largest unobstructed space in the world. Each end of the building had two doors measuring 202 feet (62 meters) high. Each door pivoted on a single pin at the top. Guess how these doors were designed to be pulled open. By teams of horses, a system of weights and pulleys, or with a locomotive?
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Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects
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These residential lots in historic Danville, Pennsylvania might have been measured in this way.
Photo: Doug Kerr