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Location:New York, NY
Architect:William Lamb, FAIA; Shreve, Lamb and Harmon
Year Built:1931
Fact:Was the world's tallest building for 41 years.

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Empire State Building
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Empire State Building

As one of the world’s most recognizable structures, the Empire State Building has come to symbolize the commercial strength and vitality of New York City. Architect William Lamb used the simple shape of a pencil as the basis of his design. Standing 1,250 feet tall, the Art Deco-style building was an engineering wonder of its time. Its prominent spire served as a perch for King Kong in the 1933 film.

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It was called the Empty State Building at one point because there were no jobs being created after it was done. And it turns out that the public going to that observation deck paid the rent.

Morey Bean, AIA, LEED AP
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Its architectural importance far transcends the issue of height alone. The design, which was distinctively modern which has remained crisp and iconic on the skyline.

Rick Bell, FAIA
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An iconic building doesn’t derive its celebrity from its designers. It’s all about the building, the work that must speak for itself.

Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA
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I get to watch the world economy by who visits the building. I like overseeing New York. I feel like I can see all of New York. I feel emboldened and it starts when I walk through the lobby... The minute I walk through that building I feel like I arrived.

Ronnette Riley, FAIA
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The number of visitors who go to that building to have the experience of being in New York and seeing New York and being of New York is really a tremendous testament to what the original designers and craftsman did.

RK Stewart, FAIA
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