Contact Us

Empire State Building Modeled After Buffalo Building

Rand Building in Buffalo (fortinbras@Flickr)

Interesting that the replacement for the World Trade Center sometimes called the Freedom Tower became the tallest building in New York City yesterday as construction continues.  It’s going up at a rate of one story a week and is now taller than the Empire State Building.

Today is the day in 1931 that the Empire State Building was officially dedicated when President Herbert Hoover turned on a switch at the White House that turned on the building’s lights.

Amazing that the Empire State Building was completed in one year at a cost of $40-million – well below budget.  At one point it was going up at an incredible four and a half stories a week.

For 41 years the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world until it lost the title to the twin
towers of the World Trade Center in 1972.

It’s often been said that the building we’re in – the Rand Building in Buffalo was the inspiration for the Empire State Building.  Dedicated in 1929 it kinda looks like the Empire State Building – about half the size though.

The building is named for George Rand – who financed the construction.  The transmitter and broadcast tower for WYRK is on top of the Rand Building.  Right at the base of the mast is what looks like an observation deck.  I’m told that deck was intended for blimps to allow passengers to board and exit.  It’s kind of like buildings with helicopter pads these days.

When it was dedicated the Rand Building was the tallest building in Buffalo.  Today it ranks third behind the HSBC Tower and City Hall.

More From WYRK

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wyrk.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Country 106.5 WYRK Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Country 106.5 WYRK Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!