Wednesday, 23 September 2009

The Empire State Building Ceiling

A $12.5 million ceiling renovation is to be unveiled today in NYC. The football size aluminum and gold art deco design gives visitors a '1930's' view above. The Empire State Building is the world's most famous office building. As an international landmark for more than 77 years, it continues to capture the awe and amazement and curiosity of its visitors. A romantic symbol to millions around the globe, there are some interesting historical facts about The Empire State Building.
Did you know that in 1945 at the end of World War II, an Army Air Corps B-25 twin-engine bomber plane crashed into the 79th floor of the building in dense fog?
With a wind of 110 miles an hour, the Building gives 1.48 inches. Movement off center is never greater than one quarter inch, thus measurable movement is only one half inch, one quarter inch on either side.
From 1931 - present, the building acted as an "Ambassador to New York" to many of the world's renowned political and entertainment figures, such as, Fidel Castro, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, The Duchess of York, Nikita Khrushchev, King of Siam and others.
The building's dirigible mast (now the base of the TV tower) was originally designed as a mooring mast for Air blimps (unfortunately because of several unsuccessful attempts and the volatile wind conditions at 1,350 feet, the idea was ultimately abandoned).

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