Chrysler Building

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Title

Chrysler Building

Agent

William Van Alen (American architect, 1882-1954)

Location

New York, New York, United States

Date

1928-1930 (creation)
20th century

Style Period

Art Deco

Cultural Context

American

Worktype

buildings
multistories buildings
high-rise buildings
skiesscrapers
buildings
office buildings

Material

steel
steel: stainless steel

Technique

construction

Measurements

318.52 m (height, with spire)

Subject

Architecture and City Planning
architectural exteriors
architectural interiors
business, commerce and trade
Automobiles

Description

General view of tower from base
The exterior decoration of this 77-storey building incorporates elaborate iconography based on automobiles, including hub caps, mud flaps and a stainless steel spire that figures prominently on the skyline. The interiors are embellished with murals, marquetry and metalwork
it is the foremost Art Deco skyscraper in New York. In a celebrated race for skyline priority, Van Alen surpassed Severance's 282.55 m Bank of Manhattan in November 1929. He had the 56.39 m Chrysler spire assembled inside the building and in 90 minutes had hoisted it into position, before an unsuspecting public. At 318.52 m, it remained the tallest building in the world until the Empire State Building (381 m) opened in 1931.

Rights

© Javier Gomez

ID

GOMEZAT3259

Source

Javier Gomez

State Edition

35 mm slides

Citation

Van Alen, William, Chrysler Building, 1928-1930 (creation), New York, New York, United States, TTU Arch Design Images. Image Source: Javier Gomez. https://archimage.lib.ttu.edu/items/show/17421.

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