Rising Above the City

A group of construction workers wrestle the building's steel structure into place. Financier John Jakob Raskob commissioned architect William Lamb to build the world's tallest building, in competition with the nearby Chrysler Building. The Empire State Building stood as the world's tallest until 1972, when the World Trade Center was completed.

Photograph by Lewis W. Hine/George Eastman House via Getty Images

 
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