The Chrysler Building is one of the most famous landmarks
of New York City. Built by the Chrysler Corporation, the skyscraper was built at a frantic pace during the 1920’s when builders were fiercely competing to build the tallest skyscraper in the world.
Craig Severance, the designer of the skyscraper "Trump Building", to reach the target added two floors to his building, without knowing that the architect of the Chrysler Building, William Van Halen, had already obtained permission to build a 185 ft Art Deco stainless steel spire (Still today the feature of the building) that made the Chrysler Building 1048 ft higher than the Eiffel Tower, previously the tallest building in the world. But the Chrysler Building was the world’s tallest skyscraper for just one year, when it was surpassed by the famous Empire State Building.
The Chrysler Building remains to this day one of the most important and beautiful Art Deco skyscrapers of New York City. The slender tower rises to the shining stainless-steel spire above concentric arches pierced by triangular windows. It’s the building with the most stainless-steel in its façade in all New York. The lobby is one of the city’s most beautiful interiors, the beautiful elevators doors and walls are inlaid with African woods in intricate floral designs, and the elevator cabs are marquetried, no two alike.
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If you are interested in architecture and you will like to explore "closer" this marvelous building we suggest: