Shelter has been a primary requirement of human life all through history. From finding naturally built shelters to creating his own housing, man has come a long way in the quest to find the ultimate shelter and housing experience. There have been several drastic changes in housing trends, and the most recent one is the use of steel buildings. Here is a short history of evolution of Steel buildings over time.
Metal has always been known for its strength, durability and ease of molding. Steel provided the best housing solution, but remained uneconomical to be used on a large scale. The first steel building construction came up in 1700s when the British experimented with this type of building structures mainly for the fireproof property of steel.
By 1800s, steel became increasingly common for portable housing that was especially useful for the worker class, the gold rush workers and pioneers and all mobile workers in the era of industrial steel buildings revolution.
The late 1800s and early 1900s saw the real use of steel as the main structural component of buildings. This happened with the beginning of skyscraper era before the War. This was the first time steel was used in such a high standing structure. In fact the success of skyscrapers was based on finding a material as desirable as steel.