Amazing Facts

Empire state Building





Architect: Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Associates



Excavation: Began on January 22, 1930



Construction: Commenced March 17, 1930. Framework
rose at a rate of 4 ½ stories per week.



Cornerstone: Original laid by Alfred E. Smith on
September 17, 1930. The 50th Anniversary addition laid May, 1981.



Total Time: One year and 45 days including Sundays
and holidays. (Ahead of schedule).



Man-Hours: 7,000,000



Cost: $40,948,900 (including land)



Building Alone: $24,718,000 (the onset of the
Depression halved the anticipated cost of the building.)



Area of Site: 79,288 square feet (7,240 meters) or
about two acres. East to west, 424 feet (129 meters), north to south,
187 feet (56.9 meters.)



Foundation: 55 feet (16.7 meters) below ground







Total Height: 1,454 feet (1,453 feet, 8 9/16th
inches) or 443.2 meters to top of lightning rod.


  • To 86th Floor Observatory: 1,050 feet (320 meters)
  • To 102nd Floor Tower: 1,224 feet (373 meters)
  • 102nd Floor to Tip: 230 feet


Height of Antenna: 204 feet



Floors: 102



Steps: 1,860 from street level to 102nd floor



Volume: 37 million cubic feet



Weight: 365,000 tons



Windows: 6,500



Street Level Access: Five entrances on 33rd Street,
Fifth Avenue and 34th Street.



Elevators: 73, including six freight elevators,
operating at speeds from 600 to 1,400 feet per minute. The total
enclosed in several miles of elevator shaft. (It is possible to ride
from lobby to 80th floor in 45

   
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