Empire State Building

Learn about the Empire State Building

Facts and height history of the Empire State Building.

The Empire State Building is at the moment a 102-story skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The amazing skyscraper stands 1454 feet tall, two acres in space , and was named after New York's title, the Empire State. This long building was the tallest building in New York for almost 40 years. The World Trade Center (Twin Towers), was the tallest after those 40 years until the North Tower collapsed in 1970; this destruction was followed by the terrorist attacks of 2001. The Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York until another, the One World Trade Center took the lead in 2012. The Empire State Building is right now the 5th tallest building in the United States freestanding, and it is the 4th in pinnacle height. Nationally the Empire State Building is the 25th tallest building in the world.

Excavation and Construction of the Empire State Building.

The Empire State Building was designed by William F. Lamb from the architectural company Shreve, Lamb and Harmon which only took two weeks to design the blueprints. The excavation of the Empire State Building began on January 22, 1930 and ended one month and 26 days later on April 17, 1930 also the beginning of construction. The Empire State Building was completed on April 11, 1930. These two acres of space and 102-story building is made out of 60,000 tons of steel, 200,000 cubic feet of limestone and granite, 10 million bricks, 730 tons of aluminum and stainless steel. The Empire State Building cost to make was $40,948,900 in dollars in 1931; that price is worth $635 million in today's dollars.

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