3 reasons why the construction of the Empire State Building is special

3 reasons why the construction of the Empire State Building is special

The Empire State Building is a 102-story  Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and completed in 1931, the building has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m) and stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall, including its antenna. Its name is derived from “Empire State”, the nickname of New York, which is of unknown origin.

Here are 3 reasons why the construction of this iconic building was special

  1. It was built on a wooden frame

Wood pilings support the Empire State Building,

  1. It was built with no detailed plan

The tight completion schedule necessitated the commencement of construction even though the design had yet to be finalized.

  1. It was built quickly and under budget
  • It took only one year and 45 days to build, or 7 million man-hours. To this day, this is a record for a skyscraper of its height
  • Due to reduced costs during the Depression, the final costs totalled only $24.7 million instead of the estimated $43 million.

As of 2019 the building is the 5th-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States and the 28th-tallest in the world. It is also the 6th-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. The Empire State Building stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years until the completion of the World Trade Center’s North Tower in Lower Manhattan in late 1970. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, it was again the tallest building in New York until the new One World Trade Center was completed in April 2012.

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