Concrete Building Units and the Cincinnati Building Code


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Title: Concrete Building Units and the Cincinnati Building Code

Author(s): George R. Hauser

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 22

Issue: 2

Appears on pages(s): 227-229

Keywords: none

Date: 2/1/1926

Prior to the summer of 1924 the concrete building blocks industry in Cincinnati was struggling along rather indifferently, manufacturing blocks of a more or less unknown quality. These blocks or building units were frowned upon by the architects, builders and the interested public, who, in general, made little use of them in building construction work. The Cincinnati building code at that time contained sections designed to discourage the use of hollow concrete building units, and required foundations of such blocks to be at least 12 in. thick for an ordinary one-story frame residence, and correspondingly greater thicknesses for larger buildings. Their use was absolutely prohibited in any construction work other than dwelling houses.