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Chrysler Building

405 Lexington Avenue
New York City NY United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1928
  Finished1930
Floor Count77
Floor Area111,201 m²
Building Uses
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - pole
Architectural Style
 - art deco
Materials
 - masonry
 - steel
 - stone
 - marble
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire1046 ftBuilding lobby exhibition
An exhibition in the building's lobby reports the height as 1046' 4.5"
Roof925 ft
Bottom of the spire
Top floor858 ftNew York Department of Buildings
77th floor
Observation deck783 ft
71st floor; now no longer open but leased to tenants.

Description
Companies
• Owner(s): TMW Real Estate, Tishman Speyer Properties.
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Facts & Description

• Tallest building in the world from 1930 to 1931.

• Originally, the building had an observation deck, this deck was closed when the Empire State Building opened and has since been converted into office space.

• Cost: $15 million.

• The Chrysler Corporation moved out and sold the building in the mid-1950s.

• William Van Alen designed a 185ft (56.3m) spire, inspired by a car radiator grill, which was raised to the top in 90 minutes, surpassing 40 Wall Street, and the Eiffel Tower as the tallest structure in the world.

• 391,831 rivets were used to make the Chrysler Building.

• The "Cloud Club" was a private lounge area at the top of the building where people could rest and in the times of prohibition, had a hidden room. On the 2nd floor of the Cloud Club, Chrysler had a private lounge.

• The 71st floor observation deck has triangular windows, with the walls having stars and the lights appeared as saturn. It is now leased to tenants.

• In 1945 the observation deck was closed, the Cloud Club followed in the 1970's.

• When the Chrysler Building was being fixed up, they found that all 3,800 windows were fine. The spire however leaked which was fixed, renovation was finished in 2002.

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William van Alen - Architect
  
  

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