The Empire State Building
About the The Empire State Building Lesson
A lesson on the construction of the Empire State Building. The reading is accompanied by true/false questions.
• To present the major historical facts pertaining to the construction of the Empire State Building.
An icon of American architecture, the Empire State Building, located in New York City, is named for the state of New York. The nickname for New York State is the Empire State because of its wealth and prosperity. The tall and stately building was the idea of Alfred E. Smith and John J. Raskob. Smith had spent four years as Governor of New York State and had just completed an unsuccessful campaign for U.S. president. Raskob, also unemployed but very wealthy, had made a fortune in stocks. They happened to be friends and the year was 1929. Together they decided to build the world?s tallest skyscraper.