Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until the topping out of the original World Trade Center’s North Tower in late 1970.
The Empire State Building is composed of 60,000 tons of steel, 200,000 cubic feet of Indiana limestone and granite, 10 million bricks, and 730 tons of aluminum and stainless steel.
The Empire State Building took only one year and 45 days to build, or more than seven million man-hours.
In a 2007 poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, the Empire State Building was named “America’s Favorite Architecture,” ahead of even The White House.
The Empire State Building is the tallest LEED certified building in the United States.
The Empire State Building lobby is one of the few interiors in New York to be designated a historic landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The American Society of Civil Engineers named the Empire State Building one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. View the official list.