The Home Building was very lightweight compared to a traditional stone building of its size, which would have weighed about three times more. City officials were so concerned by this that they stopped the building's construction to check its safety. Although the building's use of steel framing was revolutionary, it was not solely supported by this structure. It also relied on granite piers and its masonry elements to support its weight and protect it from wind.
The construction of the Home Building marked a turning point in architectural thought. In 1888, architect Leroy Buffington introduced the idea of a 28-story stratosphere scraper to the architectural community. The Minneapolis-based architect was mocked for this idea and it was generally considered to be a ridiculous and impractical notion. However, his proposal did introduce the vast possibilities of steel framing and, as we know, buildings much taller than could have been imagined at the time did eventually come into existence.