Guide to the Records of HRH Construction
(Bulk 1929-1938)
ACC. # 1997.02

The Skyscraper Museum
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Machine-readable finding aid created by Brian Stevens, 2002. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: HRH Construction
Title: The Records of HRH Construction
Dates: 1929-1938
Abstract: HRH Construction, which began as Starrett Brothers and Eken, Inc, in 1925 has been an industry leader for its construction expertise and achievements. The collection includes various company papers from 1929-1958, relating to their various projects from 1897 to 1958 including the Empire State Building.
Quantity: 1 linear ft. (1 box and 2 oversize volumes)
Identification: The Skyscraper Museum Archive
Location: The Skyscraper Museum Archive

Historical/Biographical Note:

HRH Construction, one of the top construction managers and general contractors in the United States and successor to Starrett Brothers and Eken, Inc., has been serving the New York region since 1925. The firm has earned a reputation as an industry leader for its construction expertise and achievements in the planning, development, and construction of a wide variety of projects, including commercial, residential, hospitality, healthcare, interiors, educational, technology, and entertainment.

Scope and Content Note

Collection includes photographs, job lists, heating and ventilation cost lists, brochures, reprints, press releases and notes from 1929-1958, relating to their various projects from 1897 to 1958. Projects include the Empire State Building, and 40 and 63 Wall Street Buildings.


Organized into three series: Series I. Office Files, 1929-1958; Series II. Projects: Empire State Building, 1929-1952; and Series III. Projects: Wall Street, 1938.


Series II and III are arranged chronologically.


Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers. For the job lists and costs (found in Box 1, Folders 5 and 6 below), researchers must use proof copy (found in Box 1, Folder 7) used to publish Building the Empire State, edited by Carol Willis (New York: W.W. Norton, c1998).

Use Restrictions

Appointments are necessary for use of manuscript and archival materials. For more information, contact
The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280

Access Points

Subject Names:
Browning, photographer
Subject Organizations:
George A. Fuller Company
HRH Construction
Starrett Brothers & Eken
Wurts Brothers (Firm)
Subject Topics:
40 Wall Street Building (New York, N.Y.)
63 Wall Street Building (New York, N.Y.)
Buildings-New York (State)-New York
Commercial buildings
Construction industry-New York (State)-New York
Empire State Building (New York, N.Y.)
Office buildings-New York (State)
Public buildings-Heating and ventilation
Wall Street (New York, N.Y.)
Subject Places:
New York (State)--New York
Document Types:
Job lists
Press releases
Other Names:

Related Material at the The Skyscraper Museum

[There is no related material.]

Separated Material

[There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials but physically separated or removed]

Administrative Information


Materials donated by HRH Construction in 1997.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Records of HRH Construction; ACC. # 1997.02; box number; folder number; The Skyscraper Museum .

Container List

[The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.]


Series I. Office Files, 1929-1958

Oversize1Starrett Brothers and Eken: Builders. "A portfolio of photographs of office buildings, hospitals, university buildings, industrial plants, financial houses, housing projects, apartment houses, department stores, insurance company home offices" built by Starrett and Eken from 1925-1931. New York: William E. Rudge's Sons, c1931. Limited edition. Oversize, clear (Lucite) board cover; leather spine; one clear plastic page with wide blue band across the bottom embossed with the building name in gold. 25.5 x 19.5 in. / 65 x 49 cm. Includes The Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Co., Newark, NJ, No. 80995[last number illegible], Wurts Bros., photographer; National Newark & Essex Bank Building, Newark, NJ; Abraham & Straus Department Store, Brooklyn, NY, No. 809011, 1929 May 11, Wurts Bros., photographer; Kresge's Department Store alterations, Newark, NJ, Wurts Bros., photographer; Met Life Annex Building, New York, NY; New York Life Insurance, New York, NY, Browning, photographer; 40 Wall Street, New York, NY; Brown Bros. "Interior," (shows window view of northern Manhattan skyline), New York, NY; McGraw-Hill Building, New York, NY, Wurts Bros., photographer; Empire State Building, New York, NY. Includes list of projects organized under building type. Condition: ivory pages warping, brittle with slight yellowing; vinyl page divider is melted and cracked (Six of the seven original dividers were removed and destroyed to prevent further damage to volume.); photographs are silvering particularly around the edges. Some of the tipped-in plates are beginning to loosen. Leather spine worn at the corners, particularly top and front bottom corners. Lucite cover showing some scratches. 1925-1931
11Starrett Bros. & Eken, Inc., list of jobs from 1922-1958, (3 p.), New York, [1958?]. Oversize typed sheets. 12 x 24 in. / 30 x 61 cm. Information grouped in 7 columns by year, name, location, owner, architect, type of building, and amount. Condition: severe creasing in vertical folds; small tears along bottom edge of sheets at the folded creases. High quality bond paper, shows slight yellowing. 1922-1958
12George A. Fuller Company's job costs from 1897-1922, New York, n.d. Originally in leather three-ring binder, gold-stamped "A.J. Eken." Typed leaves inserted into binder, each leaf numbered on recto only, with new pagination beginning for each of eight sections. "The long forms with the various trades numbered are from the Fuller Company Cost Book. The short forms are taken from Mr. Paul Starrett's Book"-Cover page. Includes index (6 p.) arranged chronologically under the year the building was built; and subdivided, thereunder, by types of buildings. Pages 1-106 refer to offices; pages 201-211 to banks; pages 301-328 to public buildings; pages 401-413 to stores; pages 501-527 to factories and garages; pages 601-623 to hotels; pages 701-708 to residences; and pages 801-807 to theaters. Each page is 9.5 x 6 in. / 24 x 15 cm. Condition: Top right corner of leather binding chipped away. Some fine cracking along front cover edge where it joins with the spine; top edge of spine heavily worn; several small chips in the spine. 1897-1922
13Tabulation of heating and ventilating costs, [ca. 1931], Starrett Bros & Eken, Inc. Title block signed by Manz, A.C. NY, 1925-1931. Ink on linen. 17.25 x 30 in. / 44 x 76 cm. Information grouped in columns, under job numbers, building name, location, year built, name of sub-contractor, cost on completion, sq. ft. of radiation, cost per sq. ft. of radiation, cu. ft. of building, and sq. ft. of radiation per cu. ft. of building. Condition: two small holes bottom left corner; 2 cm. tear near top center; generally good. [1931]
14A Comment on the Marketing of Shelter Products, New York, c1929. Brochure of National Shelter Group, with portrait of Col. W.A. Starrett, Vice-President of Starrett Bros. Tri-fold; interior in color; 9 x 4 in. / 23 x 10 cm. folded; 12 x 9 in. / 30 x 23 cm. opened. Condition: paper clip mark front top left, some slight flaking in folds. 1929

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Series II. Projects: Empire State Building, 1929-1952

15-6Notes on Construction of Empire State Building, [1929-193-?]. Seventy b&w photographs mounted on 33 sheets of pressboard. Documents the building of the Empire State Building from the demolition of the former Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to completion. Photographs size range: 4.75 x 3.5 in. / 12 x 9 cm. to 4.25 x 2.5 in. / 11 x 7 cm. [1929-193-?]
17Color print-out of scanned pages from the Notes on Construction of Empire State Building (see above), with 3-ring binder originally holding materials in folders 8-12. Proof for publication of Building the Empire State. undated
18Building Congress News, New York, 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 21.5 cm.: 1)1930 Feb.: v. VI, no.8; 2) 1930 Nov.: v. VII, no. 5. Includes the article "Two thousand witness Empire State Building award," covering former Gov. Alfred E. Smith and President of Empire State, Inc. speaking at the awards ceremony to honor 18 craftsmen (8 p.); and 3) 1930 Dec.: v. VII, no.6. 1930
19The Empire State Building, Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, Architects, X. Field Organization and Methods, by John P. Carmody, of Starrett Bros. & Eken, Inc. Reprinted from: The Architectural Forum. 1931 Apr.: pp. 495-506, 12 x 9 in. / 30 x 22.5 cm. 1931
110Empire State Building compression of steel notes and table, 1931. Shows observations made on each floor, noting column shortening due to compression of steel (10 p.) Includes photocopy; 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 21 cm. 1931
111Reprints of two articles from New York Herald Tribune and one from The New York Times, covering the sale of the Empire State Building, 1951 Dec. 22 and 23, 11 x 8.5 in. 28 x 21 cm. Includes photo of the principals involved in the sale. 1951
112News Item from Charles F. Noyes Company, Inc., 1952 Jan. 10, 11 x 8.5 in. / 28 x 21 cm. press release. Signed in pencil by BH Richardson. Includes "The Empire State Building," by George A. Hammer, Vice-President (4 p.). 1952

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Series III. Projects: Wall Street, 1938

Oversize 240 Wall Street: Designed for Working. Raymond Lufkin, ill., [1938?]. Promotional book (26 p.), one of 12 copies written, designed and printed for Starrett Bros. & Eken by William E. Rudge's Sons, New York. Oversize, clear (Lucite) covers; leather spine; 25.5 x 19.5 in. / 65 x 49 cm. Includes b&w and one color photographs pasted on paper. Condition: high quality paper showing signs of yellowing; photographs beginning to silver. Leather spine chipped corners, both top and bottom, worn along joint with boards. Generally good condition. [1938?]
113Sixty-three Wall Street at 63 Wall and 77 Beaver streets, New York, 1938 Nov. Cover illustration includes a diagram of building. 8.25 x 3.75 in. / 21 x 9.5 cm. Brochure describes the building and its tenants, and lists the Wall and Hanover Street Realty Company as its owner. Condition: dirt stain; generally good condition. 1938

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