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Empire State Building

350 Fifth Avenue
New York City NY United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count102
Basement Floors1
Floors to Floor4 m
Floor Area208,879 m²
Cubical Space1,047,723 m³
Elevator Count73
Building Uses
 - office
 - communication
 - observation
 - retail
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - art deco
 - aluminium
 - concrete
 - granite
 - limestone
 - steel

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Antenna448.7 mCTBUH
Increased from 443 meters.
Roof381.0 mEmpire State Building Company LLC
Top floor373.2 mEmpire State Building Company LLC
86th floor observatory320.0 mEmpire State Building Company LLC
Base0.0 m
Basement-10.6 mEmpire State Building Company LLC
Sea level-15.5 mFCC Reg. #1007048
Foundation-16.7 mEmpire State Building Company LLC

- Architect: Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Associates
Facts & Description:

- The Empire State Building is one of the most famous skyscrapers in the world, built in just 18 months during the Great Depression, it was the world's tallest building from 1931-1972.

- It's original cost, including the price of land, was $40,948,000, a very low figure for a building of this size even at that time. The building itself cost only $24,718,000.

- The Empire State Building was built on the former site of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

- The shape of the Empire State Building was inspired by its developer, John Jacob Raskob, who is said to have pulled a pencil from his drawer, held it up to his architect (William Lamb), and asked "Bill, how tall can you make it so that it won't fall down?"

- The observation tower at the top of the Empire State Building was originally intended to be a dock for mooring airships. However, after several futile attempts at mooring a zeppelin in the strong winds present at 1250 feet, the idea was scrapped.

- On a Saturday, July 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into Empire State Building's 79th floor, which housed the Catholic War Relief Services. Only 14 people died and the Empire State Building reopened 2 days later.

- The top of the Empire State Building is lit up at night in different colors to celebrate various holidays. For a long time after Sept. 11, 2001, it was continuously lit red, white, and blue.

- The height of the antenna has been increased from 443.2 meters (1454 feet) to 448.7 meters (1472 feet).

- After 9/11/01 it regained its title as the tallest building in NYC

- The 86th floor observatory is visited by 3.5 milllion people every year.

- Member of "World Federation of Great Towers".

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