Most folks will recognize the building in the photo below as New York City’s Empire State building.  What few know, however, is that the architectural firm that designed the ESB, had previously constructed what they termed a “prototype” for the structure in a southeastern city.

Each year, the owners of the Empire State Building send a “Fathers Day Card”  to the staff that continues to operate the prototype building. According to knowledgeable sources, this is done to pay respects to that building’s role as the model for the New York City version.

 

Find the city containing the forerunner to the Empire State Building and you’ve discovered the location of the 2013 International Custom Rod Building Exposition!