The Portraits of America: Empire State Building: The Museum of the City of New York

The Portraits of America: Empire State Building: The Museum of the City of New York
Author: John S. Berman
Language English
Pages: 128
ISBN10: 0760738890
Genre: Uncategorized
Goodreads Rating: 3.00
ISBN13: 9780760738894
Published: March 15th 2003 by Barnes Noble

It is the world's most famous skyscraper, a gleaming Art Deco tower of steel, concrete and marble that is the enduring symbol of New York. Conceived by Governor Alfred E. Smith, the project commenced on January 22, 1930, than two months after the Black Tuesday stock market crash, as America entered the beginnings of the Great Depression. Along with the revealing text, a wealth of archival photographs taken before, during and after construction illustrate the mammoth undertaking. Every image pays tribute to the steelworkers, riveters, stone masons and the thousands of other unsung heroes whose fearness and skill enabled the tower to rise in little more than a year's time, and gave birth to a legendary icon of American vision and ingenuity.