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Iconic Buildings Under Construction – Empire State Building

29 Sep 1930 --- Original caption: Flirting with danger is just routine work for the steel workers arranging the steel frame for the Empire State Building, which will be the world's tallest structure when completed. Erected on the site of the old Waldorf Astoria, this building will rise 1,284 feet into the air. A zeppelin mooring mast will cap this engineering feat. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

The Empire State Building is an iconic office building known as “the Most Famous Skyscraper in the World” located in central Manhattan, New York City.  It was built during the Great Depression between 1930 and 1931. 3,000 workers completed the building in record time – one year and 45 days including sundays and holidays. The Empire State Building was the world’s tallest office building until 1967. Check out these photos of the Empire State Building under construction.

1. Workmen Raise Flag At The Empire State.

Original caption: 9/19/1930-New York, NY-Workmen at the new Empire State building that is being erected on the site of the old Waldorf Astoria Hotel at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. in New York, by a corporation headed by the former Governor Al Smith, raised a flag on the 88th story of the great building, 1,048 feet above the street. the flag thus is at the highest point in the city higher then the Crystler Building. Photo shows the workmen at the ceremonies. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Original caption: 9/19/1930-New York, NY-Workmen at the new Empire State building that is being erected on the site of the old Waldorf Astoria Hotel at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. in New York, by a corporation headed by the former Governor Al Smith, raised a flag on the 88th story of the great building, 1,048 feet above the street. the flag thus is at the highest point in the city higher then the Crystler Building. Photo shows the workmen at the ceremonies. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

2. Construction Worker Waves from Empire State Construction.

13 Sep 1930 --- Original caption: 9/13/1930-New York City: Carl Russell waves to his co-workers on the structural work of the 88th floor of the new Empire State Building. When complete the highest man-made structure in the world will rise 1,222 feet above the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Thirty-fourth Street. The cameraman risked his life climbing a derrick to snap this unusual photograph. Notice the "Toy" cars and the ant-sized pedestrians walking about Herald Square almost a quarter of a mile below. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

13 Sep 1930 — Original caption: 9/13/1930-New York City: Carl Russell waves to his co-workers on the structural work of the 88th floor of the new Empire State Building. When complete the highest man-made structure in the world will rise 1,222 feet above the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Thirty-fourth Street. The cameraman risked his life climbing a derrick to snap this unusual photograph. Notice the “Toy” cars and the ant-sized pedestrians walking about Herald Square almost a quarter of a mile below. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

3. Steel Worker Constructs the Frame of the Empire State Building.

29 Sep 1930 --- Original caption: 9/29/30-New York: Flirting with danger is just routine work for the steel workers arranging the steel frame for the Empire State Building, which will be the world's tallest structure when completed. Erected on the site of the old Waldorf Astoria, this building will rise 1,284 feet into the air. A zeppelin mooring mast with cap this engineering feat. BPA2 #4510 --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

29 Sep 1930 — Original caption: 9/29/30-New York: Flirting with danger is just routine work for the steel workers arranging the steel frame for the Empire State Building, which will be the world’s tallest structure when completed. Erected on the site of the old Waldorf Astoria, this building will rise 1,284 feet into the air. A zeppelin mooring mast with cap this engineering feat. BPA2 #4510 — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

4. Workers Sharing Cigarettes on Skyscraper Beam.

02 Dec 1932, Manhattan, New York City, New York State, USA --- Original caption: New York City: Lighting Up 'Way Up.' A striking silhouette atop the gigantic RCA Building in Rockefeller Center, New York, as workmen light their cigarettes at the end of a working day. The Empire State Building rises dramatically in the background. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

02 Dec 1932, Manhattan, New York City, New York State, USA — Original caption: New York City: Lighting Up ‘Way Up.’ A striking silhouette atop the gigantic RCA Building in Rockefeller Center, New York, as workmen light their cigarettes at the end of a working day. The Empire State Building rises dramatically in the background. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

5. Steel Worker Arranging Steel Frame.

Original caption: 9/29/30-New York: Flirting with danger is just routine work for the steel workers arranging the steel frame for the Empire State Building, which will be the world's tallest structure when completed. erected on the site of the old Waldorf Astoria, this building will rise 1,284 feet into the air. A zeppelin mooring mast will cap this engineering feat. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Original caption: 9/29/30-New York: Flirting with danger is just routine work for the steel workers arranging the steel frame for the Empire State Building, which will be the world’s tallest structure when completed. erected on the site of the old Waldorf Astoria, this building will rise 1,284 feet into the air. A zeppelin mooring mast will cap this engineering feat. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

6. Steel Worker Resting While Building Frame of Empire State Building.

29 Sep 1930 --- Original caption: Flirting with danger is just routine work for the steel workers arranging the steel frame for the Empire State Building, which will be the world's tallest structure when completed. Erected on the site of the old Waldorf Astoria, this building will rise 1,284 feet into the air. A zeppelin mooring mast will cap this engineering feat. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

29 Sep 1930 — Original caption: Flirting with danger is just routine work for the steel workers arranging the steel frame for the Empire State Building, which will be the world’s tallest structure when completed. Erected on the site of the old Waldorf Astoria, this building will rise 1,284 feet into the air. A zeppelin mooring mast will cap this engineering feat. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

7. Men Working on Empire State Building.

29 Sep 1930 --- Original caption: Flirting with danger is just routine work for the steel workers arranging the steel frame for the Empire State Building, which will be the world's tallest structure when completed. Erected on the site of the old Waldorf Astoria, this building will rise 1,284 feet into the air. A zeppelin mooring mast will cap this engineering feat. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

29 Sep 1930 — Original caption: Flirting with danger is just routine work for the steel workers arranging the steel frame for the Empire State Building, which will be the world’s tallest structure when completed. Erected on the site of the old Waldorf Astoria, this building will rise 1,284 feet into the air. A zeppelin mooring mast will cap this engineering feat. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

8. Men on Beams in Air at Construction Site.

29 Sep 1930 --- Original caption: All in a day's work. Flirting with danger is just routine work for the steel workers arranging the steel frame for the Empire State Building, which will be the world's tallest structure when completed. Erected on the site of the old Waldorf Astoria, this building will rise 1,284 feet into the air. A zeppelin mooring mast will cap this engineering feat. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

29 Sep 1930 — Original caption: All in a day’s work. Flirting with danger is just routine work for the steel workers arranging the steel frame for the Empire State Building, which will be the world’s tallest structure when completed. Erected on the site of the old Waldorf Astoria, this building will rise 1,284 feet into the air. A zeppelin mooring mast will cap this engineering feat. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

9. Man Performing Optical Illusion with Chrysler Building.

29 Sep 1930 --- Original caption: An odd photographic trick placed this steelworker's finger on the lofty pinnacle of the Chrysler Building. This view was taken from the Empire State Building, the world's tallest building, which is now rising on the site of the old Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. A mooring mast for dirigibles will cap this 1,284-foot structures. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

29 Sep 1930 — Original caption: An odd photographic trick placed this steelworker’s finger on the lofty pinnacle of the Chrysler Building. This view was taken from the Empire State Building, the world’s tallest building, which is now rising on the site of the old Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. A mooring mast for dirigibles will cap this 1,284-foot structures. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

10. Construction Worker on the Empire State Building.

29 Oct 1930 --- A construction worker hangs from an industrial crane during the construction of the Empire State Building. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

29 Oct 1930 — A construction worker hangs from an industrial crane during the construction of the Empire State Building. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

11. Empire State Building Under Construction.

1929-1931, Manhattan, New York City, New York State, USA --- Empire State Building Under Construction --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

1929-1931, Manhattan, New York City, New York State, USA — Empire State Building Under Construction — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

12. Empire State Building Dedication Ceremonies on Rooftop.

01 May 1931 --- Original caption: Ex-Governor Alfred E. Smith, Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, and others at the top of the Empire State Building, tallest in the world, gazing out over the New York panorama. This scene took place immediately after the official opening of the structure this morning, which was completed when President Herbert Hoover pressed a telegraph key back in Washington, DC, which turned on all of the building's lights. Mr. Smith is the president of the company that built the building. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

01 May 1931 — Original caption: Ex-Governor Alfred E. Smith, Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, and others at the top of the Empire State Building, tallest in the world, gazing out over the New York panorama. This scene took place immediately after the official opening of the structure this morning, which was completed when President Herbert Hoover pressed a telegraph key back in Washington, DC, which turned on all of the building’s lights. Mr. Smith is the president of the company that built the building. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

13. Men Washing Windows of Empire State Building.

26 Jan 1932 --- Original caption: It may be painful for the ant-like spectators in the street below, but it's all in a day's work for these smiling window washers as they go about their precarious work cleaning up the Empire State Building, world's tallest structure, at dizzy heights of hundreds of feet above the street. The startling "shot" was made by the photographer looking down upon the window washers on the 34th street side of the world-famed building. Note the tiny insects that are motor cars and pedestrians. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

26 Jan 1932 — Original caption: It may be painful for the ant-like spectators in the street below, but it’s all in a day’s work for these smiling window washers as they go about their precarious work cleaning up the Empire State Building, world’s tallest structure, at dizzy heights of hundreds of feet above the street. The startling “shot” was made by the photographer looking down upon the window washers on the 34th street side of the world-famed building. Note the tiny insects that are motor cars and pedestrians. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

14. Men Washing Windows of Empire State Building.

26 Jan 1932 --- Original caption: It may be painful for the ant-like spectators in the street below, but it's all in a day's work for these smiling window washers as they go about their precarious work cleaning up the Empire State Building, world's tallest structure, at dizzy heights of hundreds of feet above the street. The startling "shot" was made by the photographer looking down upon the window washers on the 34th street side of the world-famed building. Note the tiny insects that are motor cars and pedestrians. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

26 Jan 1932 — Original caption: It may be painful for the ant-like spectators in the street below, but it’s all in a day’s work for these smiling window washers as they go about their precarious work cleaning up the Empire State Building, world’s tallest structure, at dizzy heights of hundreds of feet above the street. The startling “shot” was made by the photographer looking down upon the window washers on the 34th street side of the world-famed building. Note the tiny insects that are motor cars and pedestrians. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

15. Empire State Building Window Washer.

24 Mar 1936 --- Original caption: 3/24/1936-New York: Ahh-h-h!Air like wine.An unusual picture of one of the intrepid window washers working on the Empire State Building,as he pauses in his task to draw a lung-full of clean air at his height.With the oncoming of the warmer weather our skyscrapers begin to look like giant ant-hills as these washers clamber over the faces of the structures calmly doing their nerve-tingling work.Or maybe the fellow pictured here is just issuing an invitation to the cameraman to come a little closer. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

24 Mar 1936 — Original caption: 3/24/1936-New York: Ahh-h-h!Air like wine.An unusual picture of one of the intrepid window washers working on the Empire State Building,as he pauses in his task to draw a lung-full of clean air at his height.With the oncoming of the warmer weather our skyscrapers begin to look like giant ant-hills as these washers clamber over the faces of the structures calmly doing their nerve-tingling work.Or maybe the fellow pictured here is just issuing an invitation to the cameraman to come a little closer. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

16. Aerial View of New York City Atop The Empire State Building.

Aerial View of New York City Atop The Empire State Building --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Aerial View of New York City Atop The Empire State Building — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

17. View From the Top of the Empire State Building.

22 May 1947 --- View From the Top of the Empire State Building --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

22 May 1947 — View From the Top of the Empire State Building — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

18. View of Blimp in Sky.

29 Sep 1931 --- This photo shows a "blimp" flying over the Empire State Building. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

29 Sep 1931 — This photo shows a “blimp” flying over the Empire State Building. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

19. Workmen Fixing Empire State Building.

30 Jul 1945 --- Original caption: Workmen erect scaffolding on the 33rd Street Side of the Empire State Building as reconstruction work on the skyscraper begins. In spite of the damage the structure suffered when a B-25 crashed between the 78th and 79th stories, the world's tallest building was open today (July 30th), two days after the tragic accident. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

30 Jul 1945 — Original caption: Workmen erect scaffolding on the 33rd Street Side of the Empire State Building as reconstruction work on the skyscraper begins. In spite of the damage the structure suffered when a B-25 crashed between the 78th and 79th stories, the world’s tallest building was open today (July 30th), two days after the tragic accident. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

20. Workmen Install Light On Empire State.

28 Feb 1956 --- Original caption: 2/28/1956-New York, NY: Workmen place one of the new beacon lights in position on the 90th floor of an impressive electronic crown in the form of four far-reaching night beacons. Combined, the four Empire State Night lights will generate almost two billion candle power of light and will be the brightest continuous source of man-made light in the world. Engineers say the beacons can be seen from as far as 300 miles. Cost of the installation is $250,000. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

28 Feb 1956 — Original caption: 2/28/1956-New York, NY: Workmen place one of the new beacon lights in position on the 90th floor of an impressive electronic crown in the form of four far-reaching night beacons. Combined, the four Empire State Night lights will generate almost two billion candle power of light and will be the brightest continuous source of man-made light in the world. Engineers say the beacons can be seen from as far as 300 miles. Cost of the installation is $250,000. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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Bonus photo – The most iconic Lunch atop a Skyscraper.

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Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper, by Charles C. Ebbets, 1932.

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