Thursday, March 13, 2014

R J Reynolds Tobacco Company

When we were driving into Winston-Salem last week I noticed a building on the skyline that I thought looked like the Empire State Building.  Once we got to our hotel I went exploring around downtown and found out that the building was the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Building.  I did a little research online that evening and found out some cool stuff about it.  When the building was completed in 1929 it was the tallest building in the U.S. south of Baltimore, MD.  It was also the prototype for the Empire State Building that was built in 1931 in New York City.  Every year the staff of the Empire State Building sends a Father's Day card to the staff at the Reynolds Building to honor its role as predecessor to the Empire State Building.

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