New York. Late 1920’s.
Developers in downtown and midtown were competing to create the worlds tallest building.
The Chrysler Building and the Bank of Manhattan Building went head to head, adding floor after floor. Redrawing each time one of them would counter with taller building plans.
Then one day in 1929, The Empire State Building was thrown into to the mix. To keep its rank as the tallest building, the Chrysler Building added a steel spire, finishing it off at 1,048 feet.
As it was yet to be finished, the Empire State Building then added several more floors and ended the competition in 1931. It became the worlds tallest building at 1,250 feet. And, It remained that way until the first World Trade Center tower was built in the 70’s