The Empire State Building is known as the symbol of New York City and as the embodiment of America’s rise to global financial power in the 20th century. The Empire State Building is located in Manhattan at 350 Fifth Avenue, on the west side of the avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets and was built in 1931. The building was designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Associates in 1930 – it took only a year to complete.
The Empire State Building was built to become the tallest building in the world, but didn’t hold that title for long as the World Trade Center was built in 1970, standing at about 1,776 feet. The construction of the Empire State Building was completed in record time. In fact, there was another building that competed to be tallest in the world: the Chrysler Building.
The Empire State Building was designed as a large office complex, but when the stock market crashed in 1929 and the Great Depression hit, the building got into serious trouble. During this time, the building earned its nickname the “Empty State Building” because less than 25% of its leasable area was occupied. During World War II, as the United States economy grew, the building began to turn a profit as the commercial real estate market recovered in the 1950s.
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