Describes the history of the Empire State Building, emphasizing basic architecture, engineering, and mechanical procedures of construction.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy RowenAlthough now supplanted from the title of tallest building in the U.S., the Empire State Building remains an icon of America. This book reviews the history of the building, from the "idea" stage through construction. That it could be built at all relied on several other revolutionary developments, the Otis elevator and improved availability of steel. With a nod to Henry Ford's contributions to manufacturing, the building was constructed rapidly, in assembly line fashion. Supplies were delivered by a small gauge railroad built inside the structure. The text is full of fascinating information, supplemented with many period photographs. It will be of great interest to anyone planning a visit to New York City, as well as to budding architects and engineers, or to kids in the "how do they make things" stage. Part of the "Building America" series.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-8A look at the famous skyscraper from conception through construction to renovation, with interesting sidebars on such trivia as its place in films. The structure was an engineering and construction feat as revealed in this well-written and well-researched historical account. Original black-and-white photographs of the building as it was built and full-color photographs of it today enhance the text. A valuable source for information on this American landmark.Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
Kirkus ReviewsThis capsule history of a wonderful structure is full of the facts and figures that make that Art Deco landmark such a marvel. Doherty and Doherty (Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1993, etc.) recreate the tempo of the projectrush, rush, taking little more than a year from start to finishas set against the appalling Depression-era conditions that surrounded the building's construction: When their jobs were finished, many laborers were sent straight to the bread line. The sheer magnitude of the endeavor makes the book captivating, and sidebars add interest, including information on the glorification of the building in the movies, from King Kong to Independence Day. Full-color and black- and-white period and contemporary photographs convey a sense of timelessnessthe great slab is fairly unchanged, nearly 70 years later.
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