Introduction: Finding the Answer to a Library Patrons' Question About the First Circular Office Building in the United States.

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The question I will query is:
"What was the first circular office building in the United States? And when was it built?"

Step 1: Let's Use Biography Resource Center

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While the question is: "What was the first circular office building in the United States? And when was it built?", I think that by using this resource we will find out the name of the building and the date it was built via biographical information on the architect who designed it.

The Advanced Search option will let us search by keyword.

Step 2: Do a Biography Resource Center: Advance Search by Keyworld

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Using the drop menu, choose "keyword". Let's try searching for "circular office building" and see if we have any luck...

Step 3: View the Resulting Article...

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This looks promising. Let's read this article to see if it's what we want.

Step 4: Use "Ctrl-F" to Search for Key Words in the Document.

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I'll see if the world "first" is in this article.

Step 5: We Confirm That Capitol Tower Is the World's First Circular Office Building...

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Sure enough, I find what we need:

"That man, Glenn Wallichs, summed up his feelings about the new building in a 1950s brochure: "We're quite proud of the Capitol Tower, both for what it is - the world's first circular office building - and for what it represents - the progress of our company."


...If it is the "world's first circular office building," by default it would be the first one in the United States...

Step 6: Although the Patron Did Not Specifically Ask, Let's Find the Name of the Architect...

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By using "CTRL-F" I look for the word "architect" and find that:

"Truth be told, Capitol executives almost passed on the idea of a round building when it was first presented to them by architect Welton Beckett."

Step 7: Let's Confirm the Date That Capitol Tower Was Built...

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The opening paragraphs state that it was opened in 1956. Throughout the article, the year 1956 is referenced as the opening date/completion date.

The original question was:
"What was the first circular office building in the United States? And when was it built?"

The answer is:
Capitol Tower is the first circular office building in the US, and in the world. It's located at Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood, CA. It was built in 1956, and was designed by architect, Welton Beckett.

Step 8: And Now a Summary of the Process...

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Patron Three
1-Part Question
Q: What was the first circular office building in the United States? And when was it built?

Source:

Grein, Paul. “Tall Story: Building the Tower.” Billboard 13 June 1992: 18-19. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008. IUPUI Libraries. 1 Aug. 2008 <http://galenet.galegroup.com.proxy.ulib.iupui.edu/servlet/BioRC>.

Answer:
Capitol Tower is the first circular office building in the US, and in the world. It's located at Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood, CA. It was built in 1956, and was designed by architect, Welton Beckett.

NOTE: To view my process for Patron Two's 4-Part Inquiry: Please refer to:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Finding-the-answer-to-a-library-patrons-question-_1/

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