Chrysler Building in New York

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Chrysler Building

405 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York, Midtown
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Even though no longer owned by Chrysler (now DaimlerChrysler) the building that bears its name remains hugely important as the poster child for art deco skyscrapers. It's most impressive feature is its steeple, formed in overlapping scales of gleaming steel with triangular windows inset. This most magnificent of the building's attributes was actually a second thought. The tower was supposed to be 925 feet, but then it was announced that the Bank of Manhattan building (40 Wall Street) would be 927 feet. This infuriated William P. Chrysler who wanted his building to be, "a bold structure, declaring the glories of the modern age" and didn't think being in second place was a way to get that done. A secret plan was hatched and the elements of the tower's spire were constructed inside the upper floors. Then when it was too late for the Bank of Manhattan to catch up, the key pieces of the spire were hoisted into place and in just 90 minutes, the building's height was raised to 1,048 feet. Just as its name outlived its seven owners, the Chrysler Building's magnificence has transcended the record books. It was only the world's tallest building for a year, but still remains an historic and cultural landmark.

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    >Each of the 32 elevators are inlaid with a different kind of wood from a different part of the world. Other buildings have followed this model, including the Williams Tower in Houston, Texas which has different marble from different parts of the world in each elevator.
    >The building's original brochure boasted it had, "every contribution to efficiency, sanitation, comfort, and even inspiration that human ingenuity can conceive or money can buy."
    >The gargoyles on the 61st floor were created by Cesley Bonestell and modeled after the hood ornaments from the 1929 Chrysler Plymouth.
    >"Art Deco" is an abbreviation for "Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes."
    >The Chrysler building was the first to use Nirosta metal on its exterior -- a mixture of chrome, nickel and steel.
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   This building is an Icon.When the sun shines on the stainless like wafers it glistens,and if you take a photograph in this state as if by magic it seems to dissapear adding mystery to this magnifisent buildings .i look forward to the splendour of this iconic building on each visit to NEW YORK.

CARL WEEGRAM - Thursday, January 20th, 2011 @ 10:56am  

  The Chrysler Building is a perfect art deco masterpiece. The night time illumination is a beautiful sight as well.

Don Borgerson - Friday, November 14th, 2008 @ 9:44pm  

  To paraphrase Churchill....' this is not the end of the beginning of beautiful buildings but perhaps it is the beginning of the end of truly iconic skyscrapers.

Lee Hull - Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 @ 8:32pm  

  Beautiful. Perhaps the greatest skyscraper ever built.

Jon - Friday, January 26th, 2007 @ 1:03am  

  Truly Majestic, i have been in it myself, and Egyptian art is used very much, cubism and typical art deco

Richard Morrison - Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 @ 2:54pm  

  This has to be the "Skyscraper of Skyscrapers!"

Graham - Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 @ 12:20pm  

  superior to say the least coming to n y to see

tamera whitener - Wednesday, July 19th, 2006 @ 7:38am  

  The most inspiring building on the planet. For me, it represents glory, ambition, drama, elegance and humanity. The ultimate symbol of truth and beauty.

Terry Staunton - Saturday, April 1st, 2006 @ 11:29am  

  Truly the most majestic building in the city. Awe-inspiring. The elevator doors have woodwork that is unbelievable. Greatest building ever built!!!!!!!!!!!

mark - Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 @ 4:31pm  

  its truly a architectural,art deco masterpiece its unique, it gives true meaning to the word architecture which involves Art and style in a structure design a world landmark

Wilbert NYC - Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005 @ 2:34am  

  In my opinion, the most beautiful building in the world. The design is simple but yet so intriguing.

Doreen Foong - Wednesday, July 6th, 2005 @ 8:54pm  

  Its amazing. By far my favorite.

Kyleigh Kovar - Sunday, April 24th, 2005 @ 4:28pm  

  The Chrysler Building will forever be my favorite structure in the world.

Matt Tischler - Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 @ 12:30am  

  'The' skyscraper, once seen never forgotten, a thousand skyscrapers may be viewed but one will always remember the Chrysler Building.

Mal Walker - Sunday, March 13th, 2005 @ 1:35am  

  Indisputably the most beautiful building ever built.

Steve G. - Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005 @ 10:36pm  

  It is one of the greatest buildings in the world

Manuel Hinds - Sunday, December 26th, 2004 @ 3:40pm  

  I visited NYC in late 03 and although i was incrdibly impressed with all the skyscrapers i visited (particularly the Empire State) no of them come close to the beauty of the Chrysler. I think its the most beautiful building ever created and to see its chrome panels shining in the bright winter sunshine was an amazing sight. I got as far as the lobby but could get no further. What a shame.

Paul Gibson - Friday, September 24th, 2004 @ 10:51am  

  A pity that this beautiful building is not open to tourists.

Bret Reavie - Sunday, September 12th, 2004 @ 1:10am  

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