Guilty indeed are the magistrates of New York City for the many lives which have been lost by the falling of buildings because <if insufficient workmanship. Every few weeks, a building in the course of construction tum bles down, and some poor fellow is killed, leaving perhaps a widow and small family, wrecked on the cold world's bleak shore.— On Tuesday last week (7th inst.,) a large five story brick building, !i0 feet front and 40 feet deep, together with two large houses on Thir ty-second street, this city, in course of erec tion and near completion, fell with a terrible crash, and instantly killed three of the persons who were at work, and severely injured a number of others. The cause was insufficient strength of supports. When shall we be able to cease chronicling such calamities.
This article was originally published with the title "Falling Houses Again" in Scientific American 8, 14, 109 (December 1852)