Building the Empire State
Building the Empire State celebrates the monumental achievement of the design and construction of the world's most famous skyscraper. The construction was orchestrated by the general contractors Starrett Brothers and Eken, the premier "skyline builders" of the 1920s. To organize the worksite, the office developed detailed charts that scheduled the delivery of the vast quantities of materials and recorded the progress of construction. A daily job diary recorded the number of workers by their trades. From these records, the company compiled an in-house notebook documenting the entire construction process. Only recently rediscovered in the files of HRH Construction Company, the successor to Starrett Brothers & Eken, the 1930s notebook is reproduced here for the first time. Introducing the historical text are essays that place the Empire State Building in historical context and explain the engineering and construction techniques for a general audience.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
2nd Bsmnt 40 Wall Street 5th Ave 86th floor architects Architectural Forum Arthur Loomis Harmon Astor Court Astoria basement beams Bricklayers Brothers and Eken builders building's Chrysler Building chute Common Brick complete concrete conduit construction contractor demolition derricks dump electric elevators Empire State Building equipment exterior limestone fabrication Face Bricks floor arch Foreman height Hod Hoist Plant Hoisting Engineers hopper installed Insurance interior load masonry material hoists metal method Mixing Plants mooring mast operation Otis Elevator Company panels Partition Tile passenger Paul Starrett payroll piers placed plans platform Proportion Hod Hoist Proportion Industrial Railway Raskob riser schedule shafts Shreve skyscraper Skyscraper Museum slab spandrels speed Starrett Brothers steel erection steel frame stone stories Street structural steel subcontractors tallest temporary terra cotta tion tons tower trucks unloaded Waldorf Waldorf-Astoria Hotel York