Empire State Building:
The Making of a Landmark
An illustrated talk & book signing by John Tauranac
Thursday, October 17th, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street
$15, $10 for LW! members
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“Although the Empire State Building is no longer the tallest building in the world (or even in New York City), it remains mythical, iconic. This entrancing book is at once an appreciation of the structure as a practical work of art and an exploration of the building’s role in the city and the world.” —The New Yorker
Join author John Tauranac as he takes us through the development of the skyscraper as a form, and discusses the real estate boom of the 1920s New York City in his book Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark.
The New York Chronicle describes Tauranac’s book as “A masterpiece of architectural and city history. Like a great novel, The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark is a complex and fascinating tale of men inspired by titanic visions of planning, financing, designing, and erecting this icon of New York.”
John Tauranac writes on New York’s architectural history, teaches the subject, gives tours of the city, and designs maps. He also teaches New York history and architecture at NYU’s School of Continuing & Professional Studies, where he is an adjunct associate professor. He was named a Centennial Historian of the City of New York by the Mayor’s Office for his work in history in 1999, and he was awarded a Commendation for Design Excellence by the U. S. Department of Transportation and the National Endowment of the Arts in 1980 for his role as the design chief of the 1979 subway map.