World’s Tallest Building (Sep, 1939)

World’s Tallest Building

In this drawing, the artist has shown how the “Palace of the Soviets,” now under construction in Moscow, will compare in height with the Empire State building, in New York City, at present the world’s tallest structure, and with Europe’s tallest, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Palace of the Soviets will be completed in 1942 and, including the stainless steel statue of Lenin ©n top, will be the world’s tallest and most spacious building. The main hall will seat 25,000 and another hall will seat 6,000. The ceiling of the interior dome will be 300 feet high. The building will be serviced by 120 elevators, 60 escalators, and will contain halls, clubs, galleries, museums, and will house government archives.

  1. KHarn says: March 9, 20087:32 am

    As big as a communist leader’s ego, I would say.
    Note the dirigable moored on the Empire State Building; this never happened because of the winds, but a PICTURE of the Las Angeles was superimposed on a photo of the building.

  2. ANI says: March 9, 20087:43 am

    The Palace was two years under construction when WWII came to Russia, so they dismantled whatever they built to use as fortifications, and after the war converted the foundation into the worlds’ largest outdoor swimming pool…

  3. Andrew says: March 9, 20088:59 am

    i love that they use a dc4 for scale. i think most people would be more familiar with a dc3. also it is spelled “Los Angeles”

  4. Gordon says: March 9, 200810:23 am

    The story of what happened on that plot of ground is awesome and inspiring. Evil -can- be dispelled; wrong -can- be set right. Contributions from ordinary people poured in.…

  5. KHarn says: March 9, 200810:49 am

    Noted, Andrew. Thanks.

  6. nlpnt says: March 9, 20084:38 pm

    From what I understand, a number of Muscovites were upset that they’d build a church over a perfectly good public pool….

  7. jayessell says: March 9, 20086:16 pm

    Statue of Liberty: 151 feet from tip of the torch to the bottom of the feet
    Proposed Lenin statue: 325 feet from the tip of the finger to the bottom of the feet.
    Too bad it wasn’t built. It would have cost millions! (Even with slave labor.)
    It would be struck by lightning regularly.
    Would you like to be inside a Russian building with tons of dead weight on the roof?

  8. Neil Russell says: March 9, 20087:55 pm

    JSL, at least it would be handy to point out the direction of the airport to passing DC4s 🙂

  9. Blurgle says: March 9, 20088:39 pm

    Lenin was disco before disco was invented.

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