New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_B16463
The Empire State Building in New York City, looking northwest toward the Hudson River, 1932.
Was the Empire State Building old or new when this photograph was taken?
How old is it now?
William Lamb, the architect who designed the building, based his design on an object you probably use every day in school. From looking at the photograph, what do you think that object was?
Why was it decided to stop using the mast as a place for blimps to tie up?
For what purpose is the top of the Empire State Building used today?
What kind of businesses were the Chrysler Corporation and General Motors?
Are these companies still in business today?
Why would the founder of the Chrysler Corporation and an executive from General Motors want to build skyscrapers?
The Empire State Building was constructed just as the Great Depression began in the United States. How do you think the Great Depression affected the construction of skyscrapers?
Which person — Walter Chrysler or John Jakob Raskob — won the competition for the tallest building in the world?
What did the Twin Towers and the Empire State Building have in common, other than that they held the record for the world's tallest building? Which New York governor was involved in the construction of the Empire State Building?
Math: The Empire State Building has 6,500 windows. If each floor had the same number of windows, how many windows would be on each story?
Math: How many months did it take to construct the Empire State Building? How many weeks? Calculate how many floors were constructed per week How does this number compare to the number given in the historical background of how fast the framework was erected? Why is there a difference in the two numbers?
Math: The Empire State Building weighs a total of 365,000 tons. How many pounds does it weigh?
Science: The foundation of the Empire State Building extends 55 feet below ground. Why is such a deep foundation necessary?
English Language Arts: Create a real estate advertisement selling the Empire State Building. What is the selling point?
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