Source: David T. Lapkin, "Building Construction And Business Cycles, 1870-1938, " Phd Dissertation, Columbia, 1956
This NBER data series q02159 appears on the NBER website in Chapter 2 at http://www.nber.org/databases/macrohistory/contents/chapter02.html.
NBER Indicator: q02159
Release: NBER Macrohistory Database
National Bureau of Economic Research, Value of Permits For Commercial Buildings for Boston, MA; Cleveland, OH; Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee, WI; and Pittsburgh, PA [Q02159USQ550NNBR], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/Q02159USQ550NNBR/, November 27, 2015.