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New York's Art Deco Skyscraper

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When it was constructed in 1931, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the World.
Empire State Building in New York City. 381 meters / 1,250 feet tall

Empire State Building in New York City. Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, Architects. 381 meters / 1,250 feet tall

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Location: New York City, New York, USA
Architect: Shreve, Lamb and Harmon
Year: 1931
Height: 381 meters / 1,250 feet
Stories: 102

About the Empire State Building:

The Empire State Building was designed in the Art Deco period. The building does not have zigzag Art Deco decoration, but its shape is typical of the Art Deco style. The Empire State Building is tiered, or stepped, like an ancient Egyptian or Aztec pyramid. The spire, designed as a mooring mast for dirigibles, adds to the Empire State Building's height.

When it was constructed in 1931, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the World, and it remained the world's tallest until 1972, when the New York World Trade Center Tower was completed. After terrorist attacks destroyed the World Trade Center in 2001, the Empire State Building became New York's tallest building. It remained the tallest in New York until April 30, 2012, when it was surpassed by the steadily rising construction at 1 World Trade Center.

Located at 350 Fifth Avenue, the Empire State Building has an observation deck and is one of New York City's most popular tourist attractions. Unlike most skyscrapers, all four facades of the Empire State Building are visible from the street.

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