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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chrysler Building, a beautiful example of Art Deco, this 71-story building is one of New York's most impressive, and was before the Empire State Building, the tallest skyscraper. Located at 405 Lexington Avenue at 42nd Street.
Standing 319m tall The Chrysler Building was very briefly the tallest building in the world before the Empire State Building surpassed it in 1931. It was second tallest building in New Yokr until the construction of the Trade Centre Twin Towers and after 9/11 resumed it's 2nd place position until late 2007 when the Bank of America Building extended it's spire. The building is now third tallest building in the city but is tied with the New York Times building, which is exactly the same height.
The building is built in the Art Deco style and is located in Manhattan at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue.
In my opinion the building is the finest looking skyscraper in New York including the Empire State Building.
Chrysler building in my opinion is the most aestetic and beautiful sky scraper of USA and maybe of the world.With 317,7m / 1045ft of height and 77 floorsIts beautiful to watch it speacially in the night.
This Art Deco building is amazingly beautiful. It's my favourite skyscraper on Manhattan. It looks equally fab in the night as well as the day. In the night, the top of the building is illuminated with 2 sets of lighting in the top spires and decoration and it is often lit in many colors for special occasions. At the time when it was built, it was the tallest building in the world for a while. Ironically, it was surpassed in height by the Empire State Building only a few years after its completion.
The building was designed by architect William Van Alen and it was intended to house the Chrysler Corporation, hence the name. It is no longer owned or used by Chrysler, but the distinctive ornamentation of the building that is based on features that were at the time being used on Chrysler automobiles remains. The corners of the 61st floor are graced with eagles, replicas of the 1929 Chrysler hood ornaments. On the 31st floor, the corner ornamentation are replicas of the 1929 Chrysler radiator caps. The building is constructed of masonry, with a steel frame, and metal cladding.
It's possible to visit the lavish lobby of this building although there is no access to the upper floors for anyone who doesn't work in the building. When it first opened, there was a viewing gallery on the 71st floor that was open to public. However, the gallery was closed to the public in the mid 40s. The very top stories of the building are narrow with low sloped ceilings, designed mostly for exterior appearance with interiors useful only to hold radio broadcasting and other mechanical and electrical equipment.
In 2005, 100 architects, builders, critics, engineers, historians and scholars choose their 10 favorites among 25 New York towers. 90% placed the Chrysler Building in their top 10 favorite buildings, making it their number 1 skyscraper. The building has functioned as an inspiration for many similar skyscrapers worldwide, including One Liberty Place in Philadelphia.
I don’t have any idea about this building, but as I have seen from the view of Empire State building observatory, it is the second tallest building in NYC, located at the midtown of Manhattan between 42 st. and 43 st.
I got a chance to take it a picture closer at the 42nd st, and so viewed its magnificent light at night.
As I have learned about the building it is known as an Art Deco skyscraper in NY, because of its unique design on top, designed by architect William Van Alen, standing 319 meters high and opened on may 27, 1930.
Not too much intersting is going on these days at the Chrysler Building. Unlike the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Buildings has no restaurants and no viewing platform in the top of the tower. It is still nice to just go through the door and admire the interior on the ground floor. Beautiful walnut wood and marble all around. You can also see some displays telling the story of the Chrysler Building. For a brief moment in time the Chrysler Building was the tallest building in the world, but only a few years later, the Empire State Building superseded.
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