The world’s tallest building, the Empire State Building, still continues to command much attention, nor can we feel that contemplation of it will ever become unprofitable. Its designers, Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, have endowed it with such clean beauty, such purity of line, such subtle uses of material, that we believe it will be studied by many generations of architects, a hazardous prophecy in these days of change. Moreover, aside from its technical interest, its appeal to the layman is palpably enormous. In spite of Frank Lloyd Wright’s characteristically sweeping statement that our modern skyscrapers are all the same, we claim that this one is distinctly different, its difference and distinction lying in the extreme sensitiveness of its entire design.Those differences still attract the eye of the observer. And, occasionally, the unwanted attention of passing giant apes.
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