Empire State Building


350 Fifth Avenue, NY, United States

Shreve, Lamb & Harmon

BUILT 1931

RESTORED BY Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners,  Jones Lang LaSalle, Rambusch Studios, EverGreene Architectural Arts



Ground floor interior consisting of:

● Fifth Avenue entrance hall
● 33rd Street entrance halls
● 34th Street entrance halls
● Lobby and elevator bank halls
● Escalator halls adjacent to the Fifth Avenue entrance hall leading to the second floor
● Staircases and halls adjacent to the Fifth Avenue entrance hall descending to the lower lobby concourse
● Second floor interior consisting of the upper part of the lobby and Fifth Avenue entrance hall and the bridges extending from the second floor elevator halls across the upper part of the lobby

Fixtures and interior components of these spaces, including but not limited to, wall surfaces, ceiling surfaces, floor surfaces, light fixtures, murals, wall plaques, elevator doors, and staircase railings


Excerpt from Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report:

“The Commission further finds that, among its important qualities, the ground floor interior of the Empire State Building provides an overwhelming grand entrance to the building which today is New York City’s best-known symbol; that it is one of a series of modernistic interiors created for the midtown skyscrapers of the 1920s; that it is largely intact; that it was designed in the same spirit as the building’s  exterior; simplicity of detail, long unbroken lines, and beautiful materials; that this design, like that of the exterior, was a product of the extraordinary practical requirements of the size and scope of the building, and of architect William Lamb’s stylistic preferences; that because of its size the interior was divided into two portions: an entrance lobby at Fifth Avenue, and long corridor lobbies encompassing the elevator banks; that the Fifth Avenue Lobby, arranged as a long hall focusing on a modernistic aluminum silhouette of the Empire State Building on the far wall, symbolically welcomes visitors, while the corridors, elevator banks, and inner store entrances and windows create a sense of a grand concourse, suggestive of the enormous office building housing a working population of many thousands; that its striking modernistic details – especially the aluminum silhouettes in the Fifth Avenue entrance lobby, the aluminum mezzanine bridges in the corridors, the silhouetted elevator doors, the ribbed marble walls, and the zig-zag ribbed ceilings in the elevator banks and West 33rd and 34th Street entrances – are suggestive of the technological possibilities for the future promised by the World’s tallest building; and that the interior continues to function as an outstanding space and provide a splendid introduction for the millions of visitors drawn annually to the Empire State Building.”