Synopses & Reviews
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. 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.
[A] remarkable document. --Nicholas Adams
These notes combine the dry facts with sensitive observations....[A] welcome contribution to the history of high-rise building technology. --Casabella
[P]ackaged in a handsome volume, annotated intelligently and accompanied by two excellent essays and original site photographs…[I]nstructive, interesting… --Karl Sabbagh
[F]illed with marvelous arcana....[b]ut it also concerns itself with serious controversies…
Constructed in 11 months, the Empire State Building was a marvel of modern engineering. This notebook from the 1930s charts the construction of this building. Compiled from their records, this notebook, combines professional specificity of detail with a rhapsody to the firm's crowning achievement.
A rediscovered 1930s notebook charts the construction of the Empire State Building.
About the Author
Carol Willis, an architectural historian and founder of The Skyscraper Museum.