Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper on the East Side of Manhattan in New York City, at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. At 1,046 feet (319 m), it is the tallest brick building in the world with a steel framework, and it was the world's tallest building for 11 months after its completion in 1930.[6][13] As of 2019, the Chrysler is the 11th-tallest building in the city, tied with The New York Times Building.[14]

Chrysler Building
Seen in May 2009
Record height
Tallest in the world from May 27, 1930[1][2] to May 1, 1931[3][I]
Preceded by40 Wall Street
Surpassed byEmpire State Building
General information
Architectural styleArt Deco
Location405 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, New York 10174
Coordinates40°45′06″N 73°58′31″W
GroundbreakingSeptember 18, 1928[4]
CompletedMay 27, 1930; 92 years ago (1930-05-27)[1][2]
OwnerLand: Cooper Union
Building: SIGNA Group
and RFR Holding LLC[5]
Antenna spire1,046 ft (319 m)[6]
Roof925 ft (282 m)
Top floor899 ft (274 m)[6]
Technical details
Floor count77[6][7]
Floor area1,196,958 sq ft (111,201.0 m2)[6]
Design and construction
ArchitectWilliam Van Alen
DesignatedDecember 8, 1976[8]
Reference no.76001237
DesignatedDecember 8, 1976[9]
Reference no.76001237
DesignatedSeptember 12, 1978[10]
Reference no.0992[10]
Designated entityFacade
DesignatedSeptember 12, 1978[11]
Reference no.0996[11]
Designated entityInterior: Lobby

Originally a project of real estate developer and former New York State Senator William H. Reynolds, the building was constructed by Walter Chrysler, the head of the Chrysler Corporation. The construction of the Chrysler Building, an early skyscraper, was characterized by a competition with 40 Wall Street and the Empire State Building to become the world's tallest building. Although the Chrysler Building was built and designed specifically for the car manufacturer, the corporation did not pay for its construction and never owned it; Walter Chrysler decided to fund the entire cost personally so his children could inherit it. An annex was completed in 1952, and the building was sold by the Chrysler family the next year, with numerous subsequent owners.

When the Chrysler Building opened, there were mixed reviews of the building's design, ranging from views of it as inane and unoriginal to the idea that it was modernist and iconic. Perceptions of the building have slowly evolved into its now being seen as a paragon of the Art Deco architectural style; and in 2007, it was ranked ninth on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects. The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1978, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

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