September 1st, 2015
The Empire State Building, arguably the most iconic building in the entire world, is a true American cultural icon. It was designed in the distinctive Art-Deco style. The building was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Open for business in 1931, the Empire State Building towers 1,250 feet over New York City. It stood as the tallest building in New York City until World Trade Center was completed in 1972. The building and it's lobby are now designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. It was also designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. Here is a look at early construction photos and the men who built this iconic structure.