Day 227/365 of Steel – William F. Lamb

King Kong was here!

William Frederick Lamb (November 21, 1883 – September 8, 1952), was an American architect, chiefly known as one of the principal designers of the Empire State Building. Lamb became a partner at Shreve & Lamb from 1924 to 1929 and thereafter as Shreve, Lamb and Harmon. Lamb’s notable projects include the Empire State Building, the Standard Oil Building, 521 Fifth Avenue, the Forbes Magazine Building, and the General Motors Building in New York City.

Midtown Manhattan late January 2015.
Fig 1: Midtown Manhattan late January 2015.
Photo:  Anthony Quintano

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The building was designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and built from 1930 to 1931. Its name is derived from “Empire State”, the nickname of the state of New York. The building has a roof height of 380 m and stands a total of 443.2 m, including its antenna.

Empire State Building - Aerial View
Fig 2: Empire State Building – Aerial View
Photo: Sam Valadi

The building’s Art Deco architecture, height, and observation decks have made it a popular attraction. Around four million tourists from around the world annually visit the building’s 86th- and 102nd-floor observatories; an additional indoor observatory on the 80th floor opened in 2019.

Icarus, Empire State Building
Fig 3: Icarus, Empire State Building
Photo: Lewis Hine 

The Empire State Building is an international cultural icon: it has been featured in more than 250 television series and films since the film King Kong was released in 1933. The building’s size has become the global standard of reference to describe the height and length of other structures. A symbol of New York City, the building has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Structural Worker - Empire State Building
Fig 4: Structural Worker – Empire State Building
Photo: Lewis Hine 

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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