The Chrysler Building is one of the most famous skyscrapers and landmarks located in New York City. It can be found in the east side of Manhattan at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. It is considered as one of the more popular landmarks in New York due to its lasting and distinctive Art Deco design.
Chrysler Building History
The Chrysler Building was built at a time when there was an intense race to build the world’s tallest skyscraper. The building was first built in September in 1928. And due to being in the race of trying to become the world’s tallest building, the construction went at a very frantic pace. It was said to rate at around four floors per week. But despite this, no worker died during the whole construction period of the skyscraper. The building was topped off at May of 1930, making it the tallest building in the world during that time. The skyscraper was opened to the public on May of 1931.
Chrysler Building Features
The Chrysler Building was designed by architect William Van Alen. The skyscraper stands 925 feet or 282 meters tall from the roof. If its distinctive antenna spire is to be included, the building stands 1,050 feet or 320 meters tall. It has a total of 77 floors being serviced by 32 elevators.
The Chrysler Building is known for its Art Deco architecture. It is even considered as one of the leading examples of this type of architecture. Probably its most recognized feature is the terraced crown fixed on top of the building that holds the antenna spire. This crown is composed of seven radiating arches fixed on each of the four sides and set one on top the other in a terraced design. The crown is clad with silvery Enduro KA-2 metal, known for its non-rusting properties.
Although the Chrysler Building became the world’s tallest building when it was completed in 1930, it was only able to hold on to this distinction for less than a year. It was overtaken by the Empire State Building in 1931. But despite its age and having been overtaken by other buildings in the race to become the world’s tallest, it still holds on to the distinction as the world’s tallest brick building in the world.