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Monday, April 1, 2013

An Empire State of Mind

by Tracy Kaler                                                                                                     ***SPONSORED

Empire State Building via Wikipedia--by David Shankbone

Few New York buildings are as iconic as the Empire State Building. Located at 350 Fifth Avenue at West 34th Street, the 102-story skyscraper is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and has filled the number one spot on the AIA (American Institute of Architects) list of America's favorite buildings.

Completed in 1931, the building was the tallest in the world until 1972, when the World Trade Center's North Tower took its place.  It is currently the third tallest completed building in this country, behind the Willis Tower and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.

In 1964, the floodlights were added to light up the top of the building at night. Lighting is frequently changed -- color combinations are chosen for holidays as well as other important dates and events in the city. Just last year, LED lights replaced the previous metal-halide lamps increasing the available colors from 9 to more than 16 million options.

The skyscraper has been under a $550 million renovation and according to the Empire State Building website, "the landmark recently received an eco-friendly makeover, which will reduce energy costs by $4.4 million a year." The ESB is now the tallest LEED certified building in US.

I never grow tired of looking at this symbolic mainstay in the New York City skyline. Its perfect proportion, Art Deco detailing and majestic spire have enhanced the view of Manhattan for decades.

Perhaps one of the most photographed and illustrated buildings in the world, I've selected a few of my favorite versions of this architectural symbol to share.


by James Maher 


This "Mad-Men" inspired poster is from Kaplan International---Created by Michael Jamet


Pop-art Empire State Building by Kay Michael Kuhnlein
This is art is copyrighted. It can only be used with permission from the artist.

ESB from the Lower East Side with surrounding buildings by Vivienne Gucwa--NY Through the Lens


Inside-out view by Illustrator Stephen Beisty, 2007
First appeared in 'Quest for the Lost City of Gold' 
published by Dorling Kindersley 2007. 
Pencil crayon and pen on paper 185mm x 290mm. 

By Veronica Lawlor from One Drawing a Day


Looking up at the American Flag--by Scott Beale via Flickr

This post was sponsored by Kaplan New York.

4 comments:

Phil Holtberg said...

Great post! I love the art deco desigh of the ESB! We have such iconic structures here!

Phil
www.blog.theregularguynyc.com

tracy kaler said...

Both the ESB and the Chrysler are amazing icons in the NYC skyline. I love both of them and if I had to choose, I couldn't!

sylvia said...

How exciting! A great blog. Such a magnificent building.

tracy kaler said...

I know what you mean, Sylvia! I never get tired of looking at the ESB!

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