Image Credit: Pedro Kummel

Current Status: Completed

Empire State Building Vital Stats

Address: 338 Fifth Avenue (Community Board 5)

Type: Commercial & Office Building

Name: Empire State Building 

Construction: Begun March 17, 1930, Completed April, 1931; Officially opened May 1, 1931 when president Herbert Hoover pressed a button in the White House to turn on the lights. 

Design Architect: William Lamb of Shreve, Lamb and Harmon

Executive Architect: __

Structural Engineer: Homer Gage Balcom

Developer: Empire State Inc., incl. John J. Raskob and Al Smith

Builder:Starrett Brothers and Eken

Height: 1,454 feet (1,453 feet, 8 9/16th inches) or 443.2m to top of lightning rod; 102 Stories. 
– To 86th Floor Observatory: 1,050 feet 
– To 102nd Floor Observatory: 1,250 feet
– 102nd Floor to tip: 230 feet

Total Construction Floor Area: 2,248,355 square feet; 208,879 square meters

Site Area: 79,288 square feet; 7,240 square meters

Density: __

Filed prior to July 2009, there are no Zoning Diagrams scanned for this project.

Superlatives: The Empire State Building is the tallest LEED-certified building in the United States. 

The Empire State Building is the only building in New York to twice hold the title of the tallest building in the state. 

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Sean Khorsandi
Executive Director
45 West 67th Street New York, NY 10023

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