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Building

Structure, typically with a roof and walls, standing more or less permanently in one place

A building, or edifice, is a structure with a roof and walls standing more or less permanently in one place, such as a house or factory. Buildings come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and functions, and have been adapted throughout history for a wide number of factors, from building materials available, to weather conditions, land prices, ground conditions, specific uses, and aesthetic reasons. To better understand the term building compare the list of nonbuilding structures.

Buildings serve several societal needs – primarily as shelter from weather, security, living space, privacy, to store belongings, and to comfortably live and work. A building as a shelter represents a physical division of the human habitat (a place of comfort and safety) and the outside (a place that at times may be harsh and harmful).

Ever since the first cave paintings, buildings have also become objects or canvasses of much artistic expression. In recent years, interest in sustainable planning and building practices has also become an intentional part of the design process of many new buildings.

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A prospect of the inside of Westminster Hall, shewing how the King and Queen, with the nobility and others, did sit at dinner on the day of the coronation, 23 Apr. 1685, with the manner of serving up the first course of hot meat to their Majesties table.
The Embassadors audience of leave of the Emperor.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi - Obelisco Egizio.
River festival procession of floating green barge with red temple, polers, musicians, aristocrats, attendants, and white temple in background
Alamo. San Antonio Texas Stereoscope Card.
Entrance of the second pyramid of Ghizeh [Jîzah] discovered and opened by G. Belzoni, 2nd March 1818 (Pl. 9) [bottom] ;  Section of the pyramid (Pl. 10) [top].
Coupe de la salle du tombeau de la Mosquée Hassan
Viva carnevale.
Juneau City. Curiosity shop. New York Sterecope Card.
Covent Garden Theatre: to be opened this evening
Entrance to office of Sanitary Commission. No. 8 Cherry Street, Nashville, Tenn.
Casa del Emperador Iturbide, hoy hotel de las diligencias generales = Maison de l'Empereur Iturbide, aujourd'hui hôtel des diligences générales = Emperor Iturbide's house, now general stages hotel.
Las cadenas en una noche de luna = Les chaines un soir de clair de lune = The chains by moonlight.
A Shrine
Mekkanerin, Lohndiener und Eunuch mit dem Kinde seines Herrn, Mekkanerin im Brautanzug. Damen in Haus- und Strassentoilette (Djiddah) [Jiddah]. [Aufnahme von Siegfried Langer.]
Gus Hills Minstrels, 1890-1898 Park Avenue, Manhattan.
Broadway, East Side. Bowling Green to Hudson Bldg.
Broadway, East Side. 3rd St. to Old London Bldg.
The Temple Mount, Jerusalem
North temple pagoda, Soochow.
View of garden and greenhouse on Ellis Island.
The pens at Ellis Island, Registry Room (or Great Hall). These people have passed the first mental inspection.
View of garden with trellises adjoining Ellis Island building.
Immigrants seated on long benches, Main Hall, U.S. Immigration Station.
A view of the front facade, Immigration Station, Ellis Island.
Passed and waiting to be taken off Ellis Island.
Buildings near Ellis Island pier; immigrants can be seen with trunks and luggage.
Hon. John Wanamaker Residence, "Lindenhurst," Old York Road, Jenkintown
Moving west side wall to widen subway for third track - 135th Street and Broadway; subway through new "Time" building, showing independent construction - the workmen stand on floor girders of subway.
The Langham. Plan of the first floor.
The Dartmouth. Plan of first floor.
Westbourne Court, southeast corner Broadway and 140th Street. Plan of first floor; Typical upper floor plan.
Imperial Arms, northwest corner Riverside Drive and 138th Street; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
The Brittania, 527 Cathedral Parkway, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
Hudson Arms. Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
The Clifden, southeast corner Riverside Drive and 99th Street.
The Illinois and Michigan, Nos. 511 and 517 West 113th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
The Ravenwood, southwest corner Broadway and 180th Street; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
The White House, 601 West 172nd Street; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
Hispania and Audubon Halls - continued; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
The Washington Irving, northwest corner Broadway and 151th Street; Typical upper floor plan.
Charleston Court, southwest corner Broadway and 163d Street; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
The Louisiana, 507 West 113th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
[Panovazza Court. Floor plans.]
[The Brittania. Floor plans.]
The Tennessee and  Arizona, 508 and 514 West 114th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
Pavonazza Court, 3655-3657 Broadway, southwest corner Broadway and 152nd Street.
Seafield Arms. Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors
The Strathmore, southeast corner Riverside Drive and 113th Street; Typical floor plan.
Hudson Arms, southwest corner Ft. Washington Avenue and 179th Street.
Seafield Arms, northwest corner Broadway and 179th Street,
Title page
Northwest corner Broadway and 168th Street.  Typical floor plan.
The Dartmouth. Plan of 2nd, 3d, 4th, 5th and 6th floors.
Victor Hall, 622 West 113th Street, at Riverside Drive; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors; View of Riverside Drive looking South from 113th Street.
The Dreadnaught, northwest corner Amsterdam Avenue and Cathedral Parkway (110th Street). Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
Fowler Court, [north corner of 112th Street and Riverside Drive]; [Typical floor plan]; Court entrance on 112th Street; Court entrance on Riverside Drive.
Dallas Court, southwest corner Broadway and 144th Street; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
Southeast corner Broadway and 180th Street; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
Hensle Apartments, southeast corner Riverside Drive and 135th Street. Typical floor plan.
The San Maria, No. 520 West 114th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
Richmond Court, southwest corner Broadway and 164th Street; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
[The Clifden] Plan of upper floors; Plan of first floor.
Hispania and Audubon Halls, block front - Broadway, 156th to 157th Street; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
The Elmsford, Broadway, 181st Street to 182nd Street; Plan of upper floors.
The Belford, Wadsworth Avenue, 181st to 182nd Street; Plan of upper floors; Plan of first floor.
The Continental, northeast corner Broadway and 177th Street; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
The Westerfield, 610 West 116th Street; Plan of upper floors; Plan of first floor; View from The Westerfield looking West.
The Georgia, southeast corner Broadway and 160th Street; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
Rosbert Hall, southeast corner Broadway and 163d Street; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
The Rensselaer, 536 West 113th Street; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
Woolworth Bldg. iron work
Woolworth Bldg. iron work
Woolworth Bldg.
Woolworth Bldg. foundations, Broadway and Park Place
Woolworth Bldg. foundations
Woolworth Bldg. iron work, Broadway and Barclay St
Woolworth Bldg. iron work
No. 903 Park Avenue. Northeast Corner Seventy-ninth Street.
No. 246 West End Avenue. Northeast Corner Seventy-first Street.
Superstructures. Wallkill Gaging chamber, located south of Wallkill pressure tunnel, in Ulster county, N. Y.  Contract 117. July 6, 1916.
Ashokan Reservoir.  View of Olive Bridge dam under construction. Note cyclopean masonry in body of dam and concrete blocks on face. Contract 3. September 21, 1909.
Superstructures. Wallkill blow-off chamber. Superstructure of  brick with concrete-stone trimming and reinforced -concrete roof tiles. Contract 117. August 21, 1917.
Sky-line of New York City
Gramercy Park, nos. 3-5, Manhattan.
40th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenue, looking southwest from 42nd Street, Manhattan.
Exterior of Abyssinian Baptist Church, in Harlem, New York City, May 1936.
FHA (Federal Housing Administration) low income housing project. Holyoke, Massachusetts
1. Antichambre. 2. - Salle a manger de Louis XV.
Duche's house, res. of Gov. Thomas McKean, S. Third Street, Philadelphia.
Thèbes. Memnonium [Ramesseum]. 1-4. Plan et coupes d'un grand hypogée ou syringe; 5. Détail de sculpure d'un autre hypogée; 6-8. Plan et coupes d'un édifice ayant un plafond en forme de voute.
Bicêtre et les Hautes-Bruyères, par un temps de neige.
Interior with columns and decorative ceiling.
Preparation for Winter. Army of Cumberland going into Winter Quarters, Dec. 1863
Hotel Dieu [New Orleans, La.]
Ainos, Island of Yezo
Ten-noji Temple at Osaka
Peking.  Hall of classics.  Confucius-Temple.
Kodama Street, Dairen.
Shanghai, Nanking Road.
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