Building the Empire State

ISBN 13: 9780393732313

Building the Empire State

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9780393732313: Building the Empire State

A rediscovered 1930s notebook charts the construction of the Empire State Building.

The construction of the Empire State Building was orchestrated by general contractors Starrett Brothers and Eken, premier "skyline builders" of the 1920s. They scheduled the delivery of materials and the construction and recorded daily the number of workers by trade. Compiled from these records, an in-house notebook documented the construction process. Meticulously typed on graph paper and illustrated with construction photographs, this unique document combines a professional specificity of detail with a charming rhapsody to the firm's crowning achievement.Constructed in eleven months, the 1250-foot Empire State Building, the world's tallest skyscraper from 1931 to 1971, was a marvel of modern engineering. The frame rose more than a story a day; no comparable building since has matched that rate of ascent.

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About the Author:

Carol Willis, an architectural historian and founder of The Skyscraper Museum.

Review:

A handsome volume, annotated intelligently and accompanied by two excellent essays and original site photographs...instructive, interesting and occasionally entertaining. -- Times Higher Education Supplement

A remarkable document. -- Casabella, Nicholas Adams

Filled with marvelous arcana....but it also concerns itself with serious controversies... -- New York Times

Packaged in a handsome volume, annotated intelligently and accompanied by two excellent essays and original site photographs...Instructive, interesting... -- Times Higher Education Supplement, Karl Sabbagh

These notes combine the dry facts with sensitive observations....A welcome contribution to the history of high-rise building technology. -- APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology, Anat Geva, Ph.D.

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