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Heroic Architecture: The Empire State Building

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Michaela Wardle

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Heroic Architecture:
The Empire State Building This report will focus on how Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon's The Empire State Building is a great example of Art Deco art movement . Introduction: Definition Of Art Movement: The Empire State Building is categorized as being Art Deco. What is the definition of Art Deco? Art Deco is a decorative style of art, which was popular from the early 1900s. Richmond H. Shreve William F. Lamb Arthur L. Harmon Since The Empire State Building is defined as being part of the Art Deco style, this building complies with the definition of the Art Deco art movement because its shape of the building is tiered, which is typical of the Art Deco style. Making Inferences: "The Empire State Building, like most art deco skyscrapers, was modernistic, not modernist. It was deliberately less pure, more flamboyant and populist than European theory allowed. It appeared to be a sculpted or modeled mass, giving to business imagery a substantial character..." -Edward W. Wolner Making Inferences continued... "Empire State Building." Great Buildings. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Empire_State_Building.html> Bibliography "A Businesslike Tower, Overshadowed by a Famous Sibling." NY Times. Christopher Gray, 30 Sept. 2007. Web. <http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/30/realestate/30scap.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1370349153-R9vJShQVmYMCOP03Z6mM1w>. Conclusion: This report focussed on the analysis of how The Empire State Building qualifies as Art Deco architecture. "The Empire State Building." Art Republic. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.artrepublic.com/prints/11317-empire-state-building.html>. Built with 102 floors (443 m), The Empire State Building is made out of materials such as:
• steel
• limestone
• aluminum
• granite
• concrete "The Empire State Building." Skyscraper Page. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=23>. The shape of the building is said to resemble the shape of a pencil, inspired by John Jakob Raskob, its developer, The exterior, which is made of limestone panels, also give the empire state building the distinct art deco look. Currently the third-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States and the tallest building in New York, The Empire State building is well known and can be classified as heroic because it represents the symbol how the impossible can be achieved. Facts: • Construction started in 1929 and finished in 1931 • Was the tallest building from 1931 until 1972 • Named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by American Society of Civil Engineers Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, The Empire State Building, Art Deco, 1926-30, New York, United States.
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