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Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building
Chrysler Building

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On the corner of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, the Chrysler Building stands at 1,047 feet tall. Adorned with a silver crown, Chrysler eagles and Chrysler radiator caps, the Chrysler Building is a prime example of Art Deco architecture and an iconic feature in the New York City skyline.

The Chrysler Building was designed by architect William Van Alen. Construction started in 1928 in a race to erect the world's tallest building. The skyscraper emerged victorious in 1931 as the first man-made structure to rise above 1,000 feet. Today, the Chrysler Building is among the world's tallest buildings and the world's tallest brick building.

Experts often refer to the building as a masterpiece of Art Deco architecture. In 2007, the Chrysler Building placed 9th on the American Institute of Architects' list "America's Favorite Architecture". In 2005, the Chrysler Building was named the favorite New York skyscraper in a survey of 100 experts, distributed by the Skyscraper Museum.

Much of its design was inspired by Chrysler automobiles. Ornamental eagles (replicas of the 1929 Chrysler hood ornaments) sit perched on the corners of the 61st floor, and replicas of 1929 radiator caps adorn the corners of the 31st floor.

Note: There is no observation deck, but the lobby of The Chrysler Building is open to visitors.

Attraction Information

  • Admission:
  • Free
  • Subway Stop:
  • 4, 5, 6, S trains to Grand Central, 42nd Street Station
  • Contact:
  • Location: 205 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, NY
  • Phone: 212-682-3070
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