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Chrysler Building

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William Van Alen
location New York, New York
function office
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The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, has various fine architectural details and especially the building's gargoyles were modelled after Chrysler automobile products like the hood ornaments of the Plymouth; they exemplify the machine age in the 1920s. Standing at 319m it was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. However, the Chrysler Building remains the world's tallest brick building. The New York Times Building, which opened in 2007, is exactly level in height. Composed of 7 radiating terraced arches, Van Alen's design of the crown is a cruciform groin vault constructed into 7 concentric members with transitioning set-backs, mounted up one behind each other. The Chrysler Building's distinctive profile has inspired similar skyscrapers worldwide.

y88org says:
Very Beutifull
New York, United States 07-May-13
peteshep says:
Chrysler spire on flickr here:
Auckland, New Zealand 10-Jun-11
davidb says:
An icon! Some of the pieces of decoration on the building are actual hub-caps from 1930s Chrysler cars!
Kingswinford, United Kingdom 03-Jan-11
peteshep says:
Ceiling mural on flickr here:
PS :-)
Auckland, New Zealand 28-Jan-10
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Chrysler Building
Lexington Avenue E 42nd Street 405
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours The building is used as office space, you can only visit the lobby. For great views from across the street, visit the German National Tourist Office at 122 E 42nd -- it's on the 20th floor, and the eagles are a lot easier to see, from their window. See
How to get there? Subway: 4/5/6, 7 to Grand Central
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Completion 1930
ArchitectWilliam Van Alen
Project ID 3292
Latitude/Longitude 40°45'06N 73°58'32W
Contributed by asanchez
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