John “Jack” Lundberg is believed to be one of the last surviving steelworkers who built the Empire State Building in New York City.
A member of Iron Workers Local 371, Lundberg helped erect the Chrysler building and Rockefeller Center in Manhattan and the John Hancock Tower in Boston. But he received requests for interviews from The Discovery Channel and the BBC about his work on the Empire State Building. Completed in 1931, the 102-story building was the world’s tallest skyscraper until the World Trade Center was constructed in the 1970s.
Born in Lexington, Mass., Lundberg traveled all over the country, moving when his work required it. He died on March 10 of natural causes at the age of 97.