• Owner(s): TMW Real Estate, Tishman Speyer Properties.
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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