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The Skyscraper Museum is devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future. The Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. This site will look better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.


A rediscovered 1930s notebook charts the construction of the Empire State Building.

Edited by Carol Willis, with introductory essays by Carol Willis and Donald Friedman, Building the Empire State reproduces the unique rediscovered notebook of the skyscraper's general contractors, Starret Brothers and Eken. Says Karl Sabbagh in the (London) Times, "Packaged in a handsome volume, annotated intelligently and accompanied by two excellent essays and original site photographs, [Building the Empire State] is instructive, interesting, and entertaining."

You can now make two contributions in one by donating our publication Building the Empire State (W.W. Norton, 1998) to the library of your choice.

Your fully tax-deductible gift will benefit The Skyscraper Museum and will give students at your alma mater, child's school, or a NYC Public High School the opportunity to be inspired by this great story of American building.

To make your fully tax-deductible donations, please print out this form and mail it to 39 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280. Don't forget to include a check made payable to The Skyscraper Museum.