April 24 - Opening the World-Record Woolworth Building!

 Posted on April 24, 2022

This is an update of my post published on April 24, 2011:

A new world record! The Woolworth Building, at 792 feet tall, was the tallest building in the world when it was officially opened on this day in 1913. It is in New York City.

The thing about world records is that they are often broken. In 1930, 40 Wall Street (927 feet) became the tallest building in the world. Less than a month later, the Chrysler Building (1,046 feet) took the record, and in 1931, the Empire State Building (1,250 feet) became the tallest building in the world. Note that all of these buildings are ALSO in New York City, so the Woolworth Building didn't even get to keep the record of the tallest building in its country, state, or even city!

Nowadays, the Woolworth Building is WAY down the list of the world's tallest buildings. Since 2010, the tallest building in the world has been Burj Khalifa, in Dubai (which is in United Arab Emirates). Burj Khalifa is 2,717 feet tall!

I assume that the other skyscrapers
in this photo aren't...toys!

Did you know...?

The Woolworth Building has 58 stories—but the stories are so large (11 to 20 feet), they are equivalent to 79 or 80 normal stories.

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Here is a great diagram of some of the world-record holders. 

We can learn about building skyscrapers using LEGO bricks. Check it out. 

There are eight skyscrapers to learn about here

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