Chrysler Building, New York City

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    Art Deco Treasure

    by TexasDave Updated Feb 1, 2014

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    Since this building was designed and built for the Chrysler Corporation, it's no wonder that many of the designs mirror what was common to automobiles at that time: radiator caps, front end grills, and lots of chrome. And when it's dark outside the spire on top looks like a huge night light. Use the Lexington Ave. entrance and enjoy the cavernous lobby, another reminder of Art Deco motifs, including an exact painting of the building itself.Look for the Painter's Signature along one edge (E. Trumbell)

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    Chrysler Building

    by antistar Updated Jun 3, 2013
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    The Chrysler Building has long stood figuratively, and almost literally, in the shadow of its near neighbour the Empire State Building. On the day it opened its doors for the first time in 1931 the Chrysler Building was the tallest in the world, beating out the Eiffel Tower by a few meters. It held this title for a matter of months before the newly built Empire State Building dwarfed its accomplishment, coming in a quarter taller to the roof, and nearly half as tall again to the tip. New York had a new darling. Even today while the Chrysler building remains a firm favourite, ranking ninth in the favourite American buildings, the Empire State Building comes in first.

    But what the Chrysler Building lacks in stature it more than makes up for in style. The Art Deco architecture is eye-catching and distinguished. The crown with its seven radiating terraced arches, and the triangular windows creating a sunburst effect that breathtakingly catches the up lights. In the competitive New York nightscape it stands out clearly against the crowd. And even if the Empire State Building is more popular among the general population, the Chrysler Building ranks first among those architects, historians, and scholars who design, build and study such beautiful buildings.

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    Chrysler Building

    by Benson35 Written Aug 24, 2012
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    This is my favourite building in the whole of New York. I love the top of it. It's art deco style (which I think is the attraction for me) and when the sun catches it, it sparkles like diamonds!!
    It would a shame to miss if you're touring New York.

    The Chrysler Building used to be the tallest skyscraper in New York until The Empire State Building was erected in 1931. I was told on my tour that it is the tallest brick skyscraper in the world (although it does have a steel skeleton).

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    The most beautiful building.

    by clareabee Updated Nov 28, 2010

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    I loved the Chrysler building it is beautiful, if a building can be!

    Great views of it from Top of the Rock and ESB. just loved it - especially at night it looked just amazing.

    It is not far from Grand Central Station and I think it is best viewed at night when lit up in all her glory.

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    Chrysler Building

    by richiecdisc Written May 24, 2010

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    Chrysler Building from Brooklyn Bridge at dusk

    Though the first man-made structure to surpass 1000 feet, the Chrysler Building at a cost of $20,000,000 had but a brief stint out of The Empire State Building's considerable shadow. It stood as the tallest building in the world for only the eleven months after its completion and prior to its more famous neighbor's construction. The Art Deco masterpiece is none-the-less a glistening beauty and consistently ranked amongst the architectural favorites in the United States. In fact, one noted poll has it ranked number nine. Number one you ask? The Empire State Building. It's still my wife's favorite and you can get great shots of it from the Brooklyn Bridge at dusk. It is one gorgeous building and is always a standout on the horizon of New York's formidable skyline.

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    Chrysler Building

    by apbeaches Updated Oct 13, 2009

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    The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan in the Turtle Bay area at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Standing at1,047 ft) it was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931.

    The Chrysler Building is a classic example of Art Deco architecture and considered by many contemporary architects to be one of the finest buildings in New York City. In 2007, it was ranked ninth on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

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    Art deco skyscraper

    by miniman2804 Written Oct 11, 2009

    I love the 1930's skyscraper style. It is best encapsulated by the two midtown giants - Empire State (qv) and the Chrysler building.

    While the latter is not open to the public (except the lobby) it is well worth dropping in to admire it. it was the tallest building in NYC for a few months until the Empire State was opened.

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    Best Free Thing #19

    by goodfish Updated Mar 27, 2009

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    Mural, Chrysler Building

    When it was completed, this was the tallest building in the world - until the Empire State Building opened its doors just eleven months later. But while the Empire might reach higher, it falls short of what is easily the most beautiful structure in Manhattan. With its graceful, arcing spire, glowering gargoyles and intricate detailing, this Art Deco masterpiece is one of the most beloved and photographed icons of New York. It was also one of my biggest disappointments as visitors weren't allowed much farther than the door so all I was able to see of the interior, from the vestibule, was a bit of the amazing, red-marbled lobby and this piece of mural on the ceiling. Worth the trip? Absolutely.

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    The finest skyscraper in the world

    by csordila Updated Feb 24, 2009

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    An art deco masterpiece created during the jazz age of the late 1920s by William Van Alen and finished in 1930, the Chrysler Building is one of New York's most iconic and beloved skyscrapers. The 319 m high architecture - the world's tallest brick building - is considered by many architects and tall building fans, to be the finest skyscraper in the world. The stainless steel metal ornamentation of the tower is based on features that were then being used on Chrysler automobiles.

    On the survey researching the favourite architectural memories of the US, it achieved the ninth place, ahead of Congress Library and the WTC towers.

    The observatory under the steel-clad spire has long been closed to the public. Legend has it that automobile tycoon Chrysler ordered it to be closed the day the Empire State Building surpassed the Chrysler Building in height. The object of the rumour, that there is a small bathroom in the peak of the skyscraper with a window overlooking the city.

    The dark lobby with red Moroccan marble walls and yellow Siena marble floors is worth a visit. The ceiling covered by an elaborate and confusing mural, entitled, "Energy, Result, Workmanship and Transportation,", which contains itself the building, airplanes, and an automobile assembly line.

    The elevators are each lined with a different inlay of wood, each from a different part of the world.
    "Here is a city within a city.... Everything, that human ingenuity can conceive or money can buy, is provided"( W. Chrysler).
    Taller buildings have been built since, but none of them is as fine as the Chrysler Building.

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    My favourite skyscraper

    by toonsarah Updated Nov 12, 2008

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    This is for me by far the most attractive of New York’s skyscrapers, and is the first I look for whenever I see a photo of that wonderful skyline. On our first visit to the city many years ago we stayed very near here, and when we came home I found myself really missing having this lovely piece of architecture on my doorstep.

    The Chrysler Building was constructed between 1928 and 1930 in the Art Deco style, and for the first few months of its existence was the tallest building in the world (before being overtaken by the Empire State Building). I found a quote (on the website below) which said that Walter P. Chrysler “wanted a provocative building which would not merely scrape the sky but positively pierce it.” Wonderful – that’s exactly what this building achieves, in my view

    Some of the elements in the decoration are typical of the Art Deco period, e.g. the use of a stylised sun-burst motif, but others are unique and reflect the building’s parent company. The extensive use of what appears to be chrome (but is in fact stainless steel) references a car, of course, and towards the top of the building you can see sculptures modelled after 1929 Chrysler hub and radiator caps. The most distinctive feature is perhaps the gargoyles in the shape of American eagles that peer out from just below the sun-burst spire. The building looks especially great in sunlight, when the chrome finish reflects the light so brightly, and at sunset when it really glows – see photo 5 for a view of it from the Top of the Rock.

    When the building first opened, there was a public viewing gallery on the 71st floor, but this was closed to the public in 1945. But even if you can’t go up this Chrysler Building as you can with some of New York’s other iconic skyscrapers, you can go inside to the lobby area, although when we were there on a Sunday access was restricted to the immediate vicinity of the doors. If you like the Art Deco style a look inside is a must, as it is stunning – clad in different marbles, onyx and amber, and with so much interesting detailing (see photo 4 for an example). But whichever way you look at it, this is certainly a beautiful building.

    [please do look at the website below for loads of stunning photos, including several taken during construction]

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    Chrysler Building

    by jo104 Updated Nov 9, 2008

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    The Chrysler building still holds claim to being the tallest brick building in the world. This art deco building is quite fascinating & definetly worth a peek inside the lobby. Its architecture is based on the designs used on the Chrysler automobiles replicas of radiator caps & hood ornaments it has a destintive crown, The spire is modelled on a radiator grill. Inside the roof is decorated with paintings of planes the images are a bit faded but still visible. There is an observation platform on the 71st floor however this is no longer open to the public.

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    The Chrysler Building

    by MM212 Updated Sep 21, 2008

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    Chrysler Building in background - Aug 08

    A favourite of many, the Chrysler Building is one of the most incredible Art Déco structures in the world. After a fierce and frantic competition with the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building was completed in 1930 and, at 320 metres, became the world's highest structure. The title was only short-lived as its competitor stole the crown away when its builders installed an oversized radio tower on top. The Chrysler Building initially housed the Chrysler Corporation and the architecture of the building itself was inspired by the designs of Chrysler cars of the time.

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    The most beautiful Art Deco Building in NYC

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 28, 2008

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    Chrysler Building at night

    The Chrysler Building is a great example of art deco buildings in NYC. The building once was the tallest Skyscraper in NYC until the Empire State Building came along.

    There are no tours allowed in the building but I do recall pre 9-11 indivuduals were permitted to get a glimpse of the marble walls and floors and the beautiful elevators.

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    Yes, it's in the movies

    by bladedragon Written Jul 14, 2008
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    You see this building many times in the movies, and it's called Chrysler building.
    To tell you the truth is, I've seen it in the movies more than Empire State building.
    I've always thought that it's the Empire State building.
    Anyway, since we got no time to visit the inside of this building, I took picture from the outside.

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  • Lobby Closed

    by kingebret Written Jun 21, 2008

    Save your precious time--don't bother trying to visit the Chrysler Building lobby on the weekends. As soon as you enter you'll see a sign saying that it's closed. The lights are dim, the lobby is roped off, and unfriendly guards won't even acknowledge your existence. You won't be able to see the famous ceiling mural or any of the other gorgeous architectural details, and you'll leave disappointed. It's really a shame that the owners can't share this jewel of a building with the public that loves it so much.

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