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Who Designed the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world between 1931 and 1971. But who designed the Empire State Building? This post will answer that question and then tell you a few interesting facts about the Empire State Building.

Who Designed the Empire State Building?

William F. Lamb, from the Architectural firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, designed the Empire State Building. He came up with the design in just two weeks, using an early design of the Reynolds Building as a basis. Lamb designed the building from the top down. Now you know who designed the Empire State Building. Let’s look at some…

Interesting Facts about the Empire State Building

  • It cost $40,948,900 to build the Empire State Building.
  • The building was once called the ‘Empty State Building’ as very few people could afford renting office space during the Great Depression. The building didn’t become profitable until 1950.
  • The Empire State Building was sold in 1951 for $51 million. At the time, this was the most spent on a single structure in real estate history.
  • A plane crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945 killing 14 people.
  • The Empire State Building is ‘ground zero’ for the alien attack in the film “Independence Day”.
  • Floodlights were added to the top of the building in 1964.

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