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Empire State Plaza

Identification

Empire State Plaza
South Mall, Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza
100528

Facts

  • The Empire State Plaza is the largest state capital complex of unified architectural conception in the United States.
  • It covers 98 acres and houses some 11,000 state employees in ten buildings.
  • Construction began in 1965 and was completed in 1978.
  • Total cost was about $1.7 billion.
  • The project was conceived by former Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1959 during a visit from Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands, when he felt embarrassed by the dilapidated condition of the city.
  • The Plaza has been sharply criticized over the years for its immense size, cost, quality of design, and disruption to the traditional city fabric.

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Also recorded for this building:

Civil engineering, Foundation company, General contractor, MEP engineering, Owner, Structural engineering

# Building Height Floors Building type Year Status
1 View from the northeast Erastus Corning Tower 589 ft 44 skyscraper 1973
2 View from the northeast 1 Empire State Plaza 310 ft 23 high-rise building 1973
3 View from the northeast 2 Empire State Plaza 310 ft 23 high-rise building 1973
4 View from the east 3 Empire State Plaza 310 ft 23 high-rise building 1973
5 View from the southeast 4 Empire State Plaza 310 ft 23 high-rise building 1973
6 View from the northeast Cultural Education Center 155 ft 12 high-rise building 1978
7 View from the southwest Swan Street Building 80 ft 5 low-rise building 1968
8 View from the southeast Legislative Office Building 11 low-rise building 1972
9 View from the southwest Justice Building 9 low-rise building 1972
10 View from the southeast The Empire Center at The Egg hall 1978