Friday, December 12, 2008

New Orleans Business Archive: Carnegie Steel

In 1929, the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Steel Company maintained a district office in New Orleans. Located in the Maison Blanche Building at 921 Canal Street, Carnegie Steel promoted its improvements to structural steel with the development of Carnegie Beam Sections in the spring of 1927:

A new form of contour was adopted for these sections in which internal flange slope was eliminated, the flanges being of uniform thickness throughout their width. This again increased the strength of the section, permitted simpler connections and facilitated fabrication and erection.

New Orleans architect Moise Goldstein (1882-1972) and structural engineer Jens Braae Jensen employed Carnegie steel for the American Bank and Trust Company Building (315-319 St. Charles Avenue, 1924), as well as for Temple Sinai (6243 St. Charles Avenue, 1927). The Southeastern Architectural Archive retains plans of both structures in its Moise Goldstein Office Records Collection.

[Image above and quoted matter from: Carnegie Steel Company. The Skyline of America. Pittsburgh, PA, April, 1929. Architectural Trade Catalogs Collection, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries].

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