The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark

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Cornell University Press, Mar 21, 2014 - Architecture - 408 pages
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The Empire State Building is the landmark book on one of the world’s most notable landmarks. Since its publication in 1995, John Tauranac’s book, focused on the inception and construction of the building, has stood as the most comprehensive account of the structure. Moreover, it is far more than a work in architectural history; Tauranac tells a larger story of the politics of urban development in and through the interwar years. In a new epilogue to the Cornell edition, Tauranac highlights the continuing resonance and influence of the Empire State Building in the rapidly changing post-9/11 cityscape.

 

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This book was published in 1995 so it does not compare the damage to the Empire State Building by the bomber crash into it in July 1945 to the horrendous events of September 11. Till the World Trade ... Read full review

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Surprisingly enough, the Empire State Building, "the world's greatest skyscraper" and formerly the world's tallest until the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center and Chicago's Sear's Tower ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
11
1 The Building
15
2 The Skyscraper
30
3 Zoning the City
50
4 The Boom of the Twenties
67
5 The Odd Couple
86
6 The Firm
99
7 The Site
111
11 The Mooring Mast
184
12 Building the Building
198
13 The Opening
227
14 The Staff and Tenants
249
15 The Bust of the Thirties
267
16 The War
312
17 Since the War
332
After 911
367

8 The Style
136
9 The Design
153
10 The Contractors
171

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About the author (2014)

John Tauranac writes on New York's architectural history, he teaches and lectures on the subject, he gives tours of the city, and he is a mapmaker. In 1997, he was the guest curator of A Dream Well Planned: The Empire State Building at the Museum of the City of New York. His books include New York from the Air, Elegant New York, Essential New York, and Seeing New York. He has contributed to the New York Times, the New York Observer, New York Newsday, New York Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Seaport, Avenue Magazine, and other publications. Tauranac is an adjunct associate professor at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

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