Millions of American children grew up with the knowledge that the Empire State Building in New York City was the world’s tallest building. May 1, 1931 marked the dedication of this colossal building, according to LehighValleyLive.
The Empire State Building has been the world’s tallest building twice. Tallest-buildings.com says that the structure is 1,250 feet tall. The World Trade Center succeeded it as the world’s tallest building in 1972. With the 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center due to terrorist attacks, the Empire State Building resumed the title.
One of the oddest facts about its construction is that the architectural drawing took only two weeks to complete after the building had been commissioned. Another is that architects designed it from the top down.
The building’s dedication occurred during the Great Depression. Universally recognized as an example of an art deco structure, the skyscraper wasn’t profitable until the 1950s due to a considerable amount of unrented space.
It took 3,400 workers to build the Empire State Building. Five died during its construction. The skyscraper was unveiled with a sense of drama that included the U.S. President turning on its lights by pushing a button in the Capitol.
Workers added floodlights to the structure in 1964. The colors of the lights vary per season.
The top of the building has been the site of a considerable amount of broadcasting by radio stations after the destruction of the World Trade Center. The skyscraper has also been a feature in popular movies such as King Kong, Independence Day, Sleepless in Seattle, and Live and Let Die. The Oasis’ song, Standing on the Shoulder of the Giants, refers to it. It is also unfortunately associated with a number of suicide attempts from the observation deck on the 86th floor, which 110 million visitors have visited so far.
The Empire State Building was the first of its era to have more than 100 floors. It has 73 elevators and 6,500 windows. The design includes 1,860 steps, at the end of which is an observatory on the 102nd floor.
It takes around 1,000 businesses and 20,000 employees to run the building every day. These numbers make it the second-largest office building, trailing the Pentagon, in the world. The building weights around 370,000 tons and cost nearly $41 million to erect. The structure includes 2.5 million feet of electrical wire and around 70 miles of pipe.
Years ago, I visited New York City for five days on business. Before the trip, I made a list of the three top sites I wanted to visit. I made it to FAO Schwarz and Central Park. However, I didn’t get to visit the Empire State Building due to bad weather. Hopefully, there will be another chance.