The Empire State Building: Elevators (1931)

By Bassett Jones

The following was first published as ‘The Empire State Building: Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, Architects: VIII. Elevators’, Architectural Forum (January 1931). Drawing Matter would like to thank Nicholas Olsberg for sending us this text. Digital copies of Architectural Forums series on the Empire State Building can be found at usmodernist.org.

Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, diagram of elevator service, Empire State Building, c.1930. Pencil on trace, 750 × 473 mm. DMC 2627.1. The sheet is annotated ‘article #8’ and is a rough for the illustration published alongside Basset Jones’s text.
Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, plans of elevator banks, Empire State Building, 1929–1931. Detail. Pencil on linen, 930 × 1230 mm. DMC 2627.3.
Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, plan of elevator banks, Empire State Building, 1929–1931. Detail. Pencil on linen, 930 × 1230 mm. DMC 2627.6.
Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, plans and elevations of elevator banks, Empire State Building, 1929–1931. Pencil on linen, 930 × 1230 mm. DMC 2627.4.
Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, ‘typical elevator door, type D’, Empire State Building, 1929–1931. Detail. Pencil on linen, 930 × 1230 mm. DMC 2627.4.