Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building, in midtown Manhattan, New York City, at Lexington Ave. between 42d and 43d St. The ultimate art deco -style skyscraper , it was commissioned by Walter P. Chrysler , designed by William Van Alen, and built in 1926–30. For about a year, until the completion (1931) of the Empire State Building , the Chrysler was the world's tallest building. Comprised of 77 stories and 1,048 ft (319 m) tall, this steel-framed office building is a stepped tower with two primary setbacks. It is topped by a series of gleaming, gradually diminishing arches clad in stainless chromium-nickel steel, pierced by narrow triangular windows and surmounted by a slim 185-ft (56-m) stainless spire. The building also features ornaments of the same steel, including enormous stylized eagle heads, pineapples, and automobile-related designs. Its lobby is an art deco extravaganza of marble, chrome, and fresco.

See studies by N. Shivers (1996) and D. Stravitz (2002) N. Messier, The Art Deco Skyscraper in New York (1983).

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