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Empire State Building, NYC


  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Shreve, Lamb and Harmon Architect
1910/12/15 Henry C Davis Died Henry C Davis dies a wealthy man at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City (lost). he had been under the care of ten physicians and two trained nurses.
1930/01/22 Starrett Bros General Contractor General contractor, Starrett Brothers and Eken, premier "skyline builders" in the 1920s, begin excavating the foundation for the Empire State Building.
1931/04/01 American Bridge Company Builder Steel framing of the 1250-ft Empire State Building begins. Erected at a rate of more than a story a day, the structure was constructed in 20 weeks. The topping out of the structure was completed by Post and McCord, a division of American Bridge Co. Advent of the Curtain Wall
1931/05/01 Gov Alfred E Smith Dignitary The Empire State Building opens when President Hoover turns on the lights with the push of a button from Washington, DC. Jimmy Walker, NY Governor FDR and Al Smith at the ceremony in NYC, along with 350 other guests, enjoy a luncheon on the 86th floor.
1931/05/01 Franklin D Roosevelt Dignitary The Empire State Building opens when President Hoover turns on the lights with the push of a button from Washington, DC. Jimmy Walker, NY Governor FDR and Al Smith at the ceremony in NYC, along with 350 other guests, enjoy a luncheon on the 86th floor.

Data »

Particulars for Empire State Building, NYC:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Business
Area of Significance Engineering
Architectural Style Moderne
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Historic Use Professional
Structure Attribute Public Observation Deck
Architectural Style Skyscraper



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 17th November 1982

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: Empire State Building
Registry Address: 350 Fifth Ave.
Registry Number: 82001192
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: Shreve,Lamb and Harmon; Starrett Eken
Architectural Style: Moderne
Area in Acres: 2
Contributing Buildings: 1
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Engineering, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Significant Year: 1930, 1931
Historic Function: Commerce, Trade
Historic Sub-Function: Professional, Business
Current Function: Commerce, Trade
Current Sub-Function: Professional Business

Creative Works »

WorkTypeAsNotedInCreatorNote
An Affair to Remember (film) Film Leo McCarey "An Affair to Remember" is set at the Empire State Building, 1950s
King Kong (film) Film Merian C Cooper "King Kong" is set in Midtown Manhattan, 1930s
On the Town Film Stanley Donen "On the Town" is set and was filmed at the Empire State Building
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Book Michael Chabon Sam Clay and Joseph Kavalier find the Empire State Building super.

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