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Observation Paper On The Empire State Building

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Tihun Lowe
ARC 2701
Observation Paper (Empire State Building)

The Empire State Building is a skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Its construction began on March 17, 1930, and was completed on April 11, 1931. John Jacob Raskob, the creator of General Motors, wanted a building that would have been taller than Walter Chrysler’s building. He went to William Lamb, someone who was a partner at the architectural firm of Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon and he explains to him his dream of a skyscraper that would exceed the Chrysler Building. When the Empire State Building was being made, there were only two criteria that were needed to be followed during the construction: the first one was that it must resemble a pencil. The second criteria were that it must soar higher than any other structure in the world. Although the building had many setbacks during the construction of it the building ended up finishing 45 days ahead of schedule and on top of that the building ended up being $5 million dollars under budget.
The Empire State Building was then viewed as a new symbol of what felt like a New America. During the 1920s and the 1930s, the United States was being split from an old style of rural traditions and eventually was beginning to make modern urban traditions. When the Empire State Building was being built, it began to fuel the power and wealth of the clients who were children of immigrants, this then served as a legitimacy status began to represent the face of the
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