Empire State building is one of the 7 modern wonders of the world. It is a 103 story building with a height of 1,250 feet. This height excludes 204 feet long antenna. The construction of the Empire State building took one year 45 days.
The building held the record as the world’s largest building for almost 40 years until the completion of the First World Trade Center in 1970. Apart from the “Big Apple” the city of New York has a nick name the Empire State, hence the name of this building.
Fun Facts: –
- It was the first building in the world with more than 100 floors.
- There are observatories on both the 86th and 102nd
- On average the building hosts approximately 4 million visitors every year.
- There are a total of 1,872 steps from the street level to the 103rd floor.
- The official opening of the building took place on May 1, 1931.
- There are a lot of businesses that call this building home.
- A total of 3,400 workers were involved in the construction of the Empire State Building. Official, records sadly show that five workers died during the construction.
- There are a total of 6,514 windows in the building.
- The structure is recognized as a National Historic Landmark by National Park Services.
- The upper half of this skyscraper remained entirely vacant for most of the 1930s.
- There are a total of 73 elevators in the building. Originally there were 64 elevators.
- On average this building is struck by lightning 100 times in a year.
- William Lamb, an architect at the firm Shreve, Lamb & Harmon was the person who came up with the design for the Empire State building.