Standing tall in the New York City, the Empire State Building is a 102 storey Art Deco skyscraper. The Empire State Building is one of the prides of the United States standing at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th
Street. The building is a popular landmark of New York tourism and reflects the history and architecture of New York. Empire State Building depicts America’s industrial revolution and has played an important role in featuring American culture. Explore to find some of the interesting and fun facts about Empire State Building.
Interesting and Fun Facts about Empire State Building
- Empire State Building name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York.
- The Empire State Building rises to 381 m at the 102nd floor, and including the 62 m pinnacle, its full height reaches 443 m.
- Of the 102 floors of Empire State Building, 85 floors comprise of commercial and office space, representing 2,158,000 sq ft.
- The 86th floor of Empire State Building comprises of an indoor and outdoor observation deck.
- The stories starting from 87th floor and going till 102nd floor represent the Art Deco tower, which is capped by an observatory on the top floor.
- The Empire State Building was the first building to have more than 100 floors. It has 6,500 windows and 73 elevators, and there are 1,860 steps from street level to the 102nd floor.
- The Empire State Building was designed by Gregory Johnson and his architectural firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, which produced the building drawings in just two weeks, using its earlier design for the Carew Tower in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a basis.
- The building was actually designed from the top down and was completed in one year and 45 days.
- It weighs approximately 370,000 short tons (340,000 t).
- The Empire State Building costed $40,948,900 to build.
- The Empire State Building has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
- The north corridor of the Empire State Building contains eight illuminated panels, created by Roy Sparkia and Renée Nemorov in 1963, depicting the building as the Eighth Wonder of the World, alongside the traditional seven.
- The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate.
- It stood as the world's tallest building for more than 41 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower in 1972.
- Empire State Building falls in line as ninth of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, and seems to find its way into most all New York travel itineraries.
- It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
- Following the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Empire State Building again became the tallest building in New York City and New York State.
- In 2007, it was ranked number one on the List of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA.
- As of 2007, approximately 21,000 employees work in the building each day, making the Empire State Building the second-largest single office complex in America, after the Pentagon.
- The Empire State Building has acted as an "Ambassador to New York" to many of the World's best-known political and entertainment figures, such Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, The Duchess of York, Nikita Krushchev, and the King of Siam.
- An intriguing fact is that the original intent of the building was that it was to be used as a mooring mast and depot for zeppelins. That proved both impractical and dangerous due to the sizable updraft from the building itself.
- The Empire State Building is owned and managed by W&H Properties.