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Building the Empire State Paperback – April 17, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
The building went up in a mere 410 days, part of a rivalry to claim the title of the city's tallest building, with construction begun March 17, 1930 and completed on May 1, 1931. Luckily, some unknown person or persons kept track of tons of the construction's details, from details about the types of hoist buckets to limestone quality to elevator specs and hundreds of details more. The book contains photocopies of the grid sheet notebooks used to keep track of information, photos of the building as it was under construction and sketches of drawing plans. This is a gem of a historical work, recovered history that any architecture or New York City history buff will enjoy. The pages are a joy to read, even if you don't care to know about that much about construction detail. It's just fun to see what went into the building.
Because of the destruction of the World Trade Center, the Empire State has returned to claiming the title of the city's tallest building (1,453 ft). But more important than just its height, the art Deco building stands as a classic part of New York History, part of its culture and lore.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the book as background for a research project upon which I was writing. The essays by Carol Willis and D. Friedman were very well done and quite complementary. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Timothy L. Wilson
Great book. From a construction professionals view point very interesting detailed account of the construction process during that era.
A fantastic book on an amazing project and even morel iifelike after more than one visit to the Empire State BuildingPublished 22 months ago by Andrew Papworth