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The Empire State Building Interesting Facts and Information

The Empire State Building stands a total of 1,454 feet in height located at 350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118, United States. This 103-story skyscraper is one of the most beautiful buildings of New York which is located in Midtown Manhattan. This Structure has been recognized as the world’s tallest building for more than 40 years and whose name has been derived from the nick – name of New York City, the Empire State.

Located in heart of Midtown, Empire State building has some amazing and interesting facts since its time of construction. Here in this article, you will be getting some most famous facts which you most probably not be knowing.

The Empire State Building was inaugurated on May 1, 1931, during a ceremony which was led by President Hobert Hoover. At the time of its completion, this was world’s tallest building which is a symbol of New York City and is the most popular tourist spot of all time. Some famously known facts you must be knowing and here you can check out known facts about this iconic skyscrapers.

The Empire State building was constructed during the race to create the world’s tallest Structure

When Empire State skyscraper was inaugurated by President, it was world’s tallest building at that time. In late 1920 New York builders were in a mad dash of constructing the tallest structure in the world. This competition must be most silly of all time but it helps in booming the economy of the city of NY.

Many architects changed their plans when knowing that Empire State will be 10,000 feet tall. For them, it can be the toughest job any architect must have done till that time. The competition was between 40 Wall Street Bank of Manhattan Building and Chrysler building. Chrysler was a luxuriant Art Deco structure planned by Walter Chrysler.

After two years, i.e. in 1929 John J. Raskob with former NY Governer Al Smith proclaimed a master plan about the structure and design of the Empire State Building. Others think that this would never be constructed and would face many challenges. Chrysler changed his plans many times and finally he strike with an idea of fixing a stainless spire on the top of his skyscraper.

Empire State Building view

Chrysler, Raskob, and Smith went to drawing board with an even taller design plan for Empire State Building, earlier it was planned to be 1,048 feet high but it changed to 1,250 feet.

The Empire State Building rise 1,250 feet above the streets of Midtown Manhattan and for the next 40 years, it remained the tallest building of world until World Trade Center constructed in 1970.

Every year lightning struck the Empire State Building more than 100 times

This can be one the most amazing fact about this iconic skyscraper. Lightning strikes the same place repeatedly and more often on tall and pointy structured objects. Dute to this reason, you must have heard many times in news abut Empire State lightening struck.

During the construction of the building, National Safety standards are kept in mind and systems are installed which prevents any building from multiple strikes at a single time. Dute to this,  Sears Tower or Empire state withstand multiple strikes at the same time.


Empire State building was finished in before estimated time

Well, it took only 20 months from the stat until the end to design, plan, and construct Empire State building. It was eventually finished before its regular schedule and it took 3,400 men each day assembling skeleton of four and a half stories per week. Merely in 410 days known contractors Starrett Brothers and Eken with the help of their team erect this new skyscraper.

The work was going so fast and accurate that without any changes in planning, first 30 stories were constructed before overall planning of design.

Building Comparison

Empire State Building height comparison with other buildings

B-25 Bombed Crashed on this building in 1945

During World War, William F. Smith on July 28, 1945, while flying an Army B – 25 bomber jet, become disoriented and lost in the heavy fog after dodging several skyscrapers, smashed with its pilots into 78 – 79 floor of Empire State building. Striking with more than 200 miles/hour speed, the crash caused a massive explosion which caused debris to fall. This is recognized as one of the tallest building on fire in the history of New York Times.

During this accident, 11 people died and people managed to control the fire within 40 minutes. The accident was known fact in the history but if the accident was serious enough, then it must have caused the whole structure to fall into debris.

Empire State Building Architecture

The Upper part was constructed keeping in mind of mooring tower for Airships

Mooring tower or Mooring mast is a structure which helps airships for docking. This was the most unexpected and unusual aspect of Empire State 200-foot tower. This was only constructed keeping in mind as the docking port. It proved that high winds at the top make impossible for pilots to negotiate.

Some Interesting facts and History

Here are some simple facts for kids which are interesting and easy to memorize. You can also see Roman Colosseum Facts and History .

  • Over the years, more than 30 people have committed suicide till now. Number of deaths reduced after 1947 when the fence was put around the terrace.
  • There are 6514 windows in the building.
  • More than 4 Million people visit and is the most popular tourist spot of New York.
  • It is shown that 5 people died during the construction of the building.
  • It was initially considered as a financial flop.
  • It was remodeled twice after Winston – Salem. William Lamb and Harmon modeled the Empire State Building.
  • Building was constructed with more than 60,000 tons of steel and contains 60 miles of water pipe.

In this article, I have only covered some facts about this beautiful building. You can also view some amazing Eiffel Tower Facts.

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