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On this day in 1933, a certain gorilla scaled the Empire State Building. King Kong might have had an easier time if he had taken the lift. This design for the elevator shaft, by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, is held in the Drawing Matter collection.

Shreve, Lamb, Harmon, Empire State Elevator Diagram, 1930, DM 2627.1 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Shreve, Lamb and Harmon (*), Diagram of Elevator Service, Empire State Building, 1930. Pencil on tracing paper, 750 × 473 mm.

Here are are more examples of skyscrapers from the collection.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Mansion House Square project, City of London, c. 1961–6, DM 2377.6 – Drawing Matter

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969), Mansion House Square project, City of London, 1981 – 1986. Colour photograph, 300 × 405 mm.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Photomontage for Glass Skyscraper, c1922, DM 1295 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969), Glass Skyscraper Project (no intended site known), c. 1922. Gelatin silver print, 393 × 293 mm.

Theodore Conrad, Met Life building model, c. 1929 DM 2224.3 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Theodore Conrad (1910–1994), Partial model, an early design for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company tower., c. 1929. Pencil on card, on wooden support, 415 × 90 × 60 mm.

Conrad, Archival replacement image – Drawing Matter

Theodore Conrad (1910–1994), Model Projections, Archival materials (Conrad, Corbett), 2018. Photograph.

Theodore Conrad, installation view of Met Life building model, c. 1929 DM 2224.3 IN SET – Drawing Matter

, Partial model, an early design for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company tower, 1929. Pencil on card, on wooden support, 415 × 90 × 60 mm.

Louis Kahn, Elevation drawing of the final scheme of the Kansas City Office Building, 1972, DM 2311 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Louis Kahn (1901–1974), Elevation drawing of the final scheme of the Kansas City Office Building, 1972. Pencil and pastel on paper, 915 × 610 mm. © Estate of the architect.

Louis Kahn, Model Photograph, Kansas City Office Building, 1973, DM 2339 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Louis Kahn (1901–1974), Model photograph, Kansas City Office Building, 1973. Photograph, 405 × 320 mm.

Carlos Diniz, World Trade Center, 1963, DM 2089.3 – Drawing Matter

Carlos Diniz (1928–2001), World Trade Center, 1963. Imprint, from spiral-bound album of 11 pages, 358 × 290 mm.

Carlos Diniz, Three renderings from a print portfolio for the World Trade Center 3, NY, 1963, DM 2089 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Carlos Diniz (1928–2001), Three renderings from a print portfolio for the World Trade Center, 1963. Print. © Estate of Carlos Diniz.

Carlos Diniz, Three renderings from a print portfolio for the World Trade Center 2, NY, 1963, DM 2089 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Carlos Diniz (1928–2001), Three renderings from a print portfolio for the World Trade Center, 1963. Print. © Estate of Carlos Diniz.

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George Licht (*), Elevation, 1929. Watercolour, gouache, and airbrush on card, 485 × 342 mm.

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Allen and de Young Architects (*), Skyscraper 1, 1927. Pencil and trace laid on board, 535 × 315 mm.

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Allen and de Young Architects (*), Skyscraper 2, 1927. Pencil and trace laid on board, 670 × 360 mm.

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Allen and de Young Architects (*), Skyscraper 3, 1927. Pencil on trace laid on board, 350 × 165 mm.

King Kong climbs The Empire State Building (1933)

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