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Building the Empire State
     

Building the Empire State

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by Carol Willis (Editor), Donald Friedman (Other)
 

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A rediscovered 1930s notebook charts the construction of the Empire State Building.
The construction of the Empire State Building was orchestrated by general contractors Starrett Brothers and Eken, premier "skyline builders" of the 1920s. They scheduled the delivery of materials and the construction and recorded daily the number of workers by trade. Compiled

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A rediscovered 1930s notebook charts the construction of the Empire State Building.
The construction of the Empire State Building was orchestrated by general contractors Starrett Brothers and Eken, premier "skyline builders" of the 1920s. They scheduled the delivery of materials and the construction and recorded daily the number of workers by trade. Compiled from these records, an in-house notebook documented the construction process. Meticulously typed on graph paper and illustrated with construction photographs, this unique document combines a professional specificity of detail with a charming rhapsody to the firm's crowning achievement.Constructed in eleven months, the 1250-foot Empire State Building, the world's tallest skyscraper from 1931 to 1971, was a marvel of modern engineering. The frame rose more than a story a day; no comparable building since has matched that rate of ascent.

Editorial Reviews

Casabella
[A] remarkable document.— Nicholas Adams
Times Higher Education Supplement
[P]ackaged in a handsome volume, annotated intelligently and accompanied by two excellent essays and original site photographs…[I]nstructive, interesting…— Karl Sabbagh
New York Times
“[F]illed with marvelous arcana....[b]ut it also concerns itself with serious controversies…”
Nicholas Adams - Casabella
“[A] remarkable document.”
Anat Geva
“These notes combine the dry facts with sensitive observations....[A] welcome contribution to the history of high-rise building technology.”
Karl Sabbagh - Times Higher Education Supplement
“[P]ackaged in a handsome volume, annotated intelligently and accompanied by two excellent essays and original site photographs…[I]nstructive, interesting…”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393732313
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/30/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,342,234
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Carol Willis, an architectural historian and founder of The Skyscraper Museum.

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