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The State of the Empire
The Empire State Building is an easy wooden building puzzle with just 58 pieces. It's designed for ages 7 and up. Assembled, the Empire State Building 3D puzzle measures 7.9" x 4.7" x 12.3" (20 x 11.9 x 31.2 cm).
3D wooden puzzles come die-cut on 3mm-thick sheets of high-grade wood, complete with sandpaper. They include a picture of the final assembled model and a numbered chart to help you out if you get stuck. Painted, varnished, or left as natural wood, historical puzzles deliver a challenging, educational and creative activity. No tools or glue are necessary, although you might want to use a bit of white glue if you're assembling your model for permanent display. Some pieces may come pre-painted. Background illustration is not included. New York not included.
Are You Curious...?
At 1,454 ft (443.2 m) from the ground to the tip of its antenna, the Empire State Building was the tallest in the world for 40 years and the first building to have more than 100 floors. Engineers call it one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Ground was broken in 1930, and the building opened for business in 1931. Unfortunately, the Great Depression was in full force, so most of the building went unrented and it earned the derisive nickname "Empty State Building". In fact, it didn't become profitable until 1950. It cost just under $41 million to build, which is about $500 million in 2011 dollars.
The Empire State Building was the tallest building in New York until the World Trade Center surpassed it in 1972, and it reclaimed that status when the WTC towers fell in 2001. As of 2011, the Empire State Building was the third tallest in the US and the 15th in the world.