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Empire State Building (2003)
A 5-foot tall LEGO model of New York City's famous skyscraper.
About this creation
This model is from 2003. I have since created a much more detailed LEGO sculpture of the Empire State Building, which is on display at the top of the real Empire State Building.

This model remains very faithful to the design of the real Empire State Building. The red, white, and blue colored upper sections simulate the building's nightly illumination.

Top The LEGO Empire State Building was built for a celebrity event at a galleria in New York City's Chelsea district, to kick off the search for a new generation of Master Builders and promote the launch of The LEGO Company's 2003 collection.

Situated as the centerpiece of The LEGO Company's International Design Gallery, this model was flanked by LEGO creations built by over 50 international designers and celebrities, including Kenneth Cole, Sophia Lauren, and Courtney Cox. The model was broadcast on news and television around the world and featured in LEGO Company interviews.

Atop, "Little Kong" triumphs the climb.

LEGO Empire State Building model

The famous tapered look of the Empire State Building is due to "setback" laws that were established in the 1920s, requiring buildings to slowly recede as they get higher. These laws were established to prevent dark, alley-like roads from becoming as common as they are in the older sections of the city.

LEGO Empire State Building model

Buildings make interesting models, but adding the human element is what keeps viewers' interest most. This little street scene at the base of the model often gets more attention than the building itself! See more photos of these little cars

LEGO Empire State Building model

LEGO Empire State Building model

The Empire State Building is lit up every night; the colors are always different, but Red, White, and Blue are often used to celebrate America on various holidays. These colors remained in place every night for over a year after the September 11th attacks, which is why Sean chose to use them here.

LEGO Empire State Building model

LEGO Empire State Building model


Sean Kenney
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  November 7, 2011
This is a great build!
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  January 18, 2010
Is that the one in the gift store, because if it is I saw it and it was awsome!
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  February 28, 2009
It looks just like the real thing! Not that I've seen the real thing... but.... I've seen pictures ya know.
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  October 17, 2008
Cool! Funny little Kong!
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  September 18, 2008
is everything in those picture's made out of lego except that guy who is you?
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  June 14, 2008
you scared me there for a second sean! i thought I saw another Lego Digital Designer creation then i said, "oh my not another ldd creation" i love your buildings. um is it too much to ask you to build some castles? thx id appreciate it!
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  February 24, 2008
The Building looks very nice, there is a few things that should be changed. The Windows should be glass straight down if you know what I mean if not look at the building. The Blue White and Red is what I done before but for something more thrilling you should do lighting were it shines all the colors including the blank lights. I still really like this but some modifications could be done.
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  October 31, 2005
Dazzling. My only suggestion would be to build the whole thing in grey, and use lighting to give it the red-white-blue effect.
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  September 5, 2005
I can't believe your selling this. Its amazing and worth keeping. But anyway, it is great! You are a great city maker!
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  February 24, 2005
Hmmm, I feel so bad. It seems people are rating my creations with negatives. I don't know how in the world you do it, but it makes me sad. Anyway, this is one of the best Empire State buildings on the web, and deserves 5 of 5. Great Job! -Josh
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  January 13, 2005
Thats a realy nice model Sean! I would realy like to donate to mocpages, but I'm only 11 years old and I'm from sweden you know... Sorry about that! :C But I think that mocpages is one of the best websites on the enternet!/Erik
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  November 26, 2004
This is absolutely great (as i said before) brilliant, outstanding, ama-- oh look the leprechaun's escaped again!!!
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  May 16, 2003
Overall it captures the shape of the ESB very well. Unfortunately, the small scale (1) does not allow all the details of the original to be reproduced. Most notably, the windows do not form great vertical columns as they do on the real building. The street scene with the taxis and busses adds to the atmosphere. (1) in minifig scale it would be approx. 21 feet tall
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