Chrysler Building

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Chrysler Building
Architect: William Van Allen
Year(s) of construction: 1928-1930
Height: 318 m
Floors: 77
Elevators: 32
Location: New York, United States
Coordinates: 40° 45' 6" N, 73° 58' 32" W
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In the 20 years following the First World War, there was a great expansion of the economy in Europe and the United States who was accompanied by the need for new buildings.

In the mid-20s, the builder and developer William H. Reynolds started planning the construction of a skyscraper on a site of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Reynolds confided to the William Van Allen, an architect from Brooklyn who, like Reynolds, had no experience in building height.

Until then, the project were only sketches until Walter Percy Chrysler, owner of the car company Chrysler, was interested in this building and in 1928 gave the green light for construction to afford the $ 15 million budget.

The Chrysler Building is a magnificent example of Art Deco style and the perfect monument of American capitalism.


Esnuentra The building is located on the east side of Manhattan in an intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue.


Walter Percy Chrysler wanted to make it clear when it produced cars commissioned the building decorated with eagles, radiator covers and caps inspired by the Chrysler models, all based on an architecture of the purest Art Deco, which makes it a skyscraper with a style unique.

Inside, the triangular lobby with entrances and exits to the side, is illuminated in a very theatrical and decorated with stainless steel, marble and granite Africans worldwide. On the roof there is a huge mural of 36 meters long and 26 meters wide by Edward Trumbull painted pictures that represents progress, transport and energy.


The company Chrysler have their own offices and a showroom.

In the lobby there was an elegant restaurant and a cafeteria.

The elevators were the fastest in the world and traveling at a speed of 330 meters per minute.

71 in the apartment had an observatory with sloping walls decorated with stars and planets, and the roof hanging lanterns in the shape of Saturn.

The private office of Walter P. Chrysler was located on the floor and only 65 were available by invitation.

In plants from 66 to 68 had a very exclusive club called the Cloud Club. On the second floor of this club was the private dining room of Walter P. Chrysler.


The skeleton of the dome is made of curved steel girders. The interior walls of the dome are made of brick but the exterior is coated with a type of stainless steel called Nirosta.


The brick building is covered with dark gray and white brick used as a decoration to enhance the horizontal rows of windows.

The peaks in progress in the dome was made of stainless steel as stylish symbolizing the sun, and below it the gargoyles steel, representing the American eagle. The sculptures were modeled after the automobile radiator caps Chrysler ornamented lower levels, along with ornaments from the wheels of the car.

The hall was lavishly decorated with red Moroccan marble walls, the floor of sienna-colored onyx, marble and steel blue in the compositions of the Art Deco.

The 32 elevators in the building are aligned in a variety of wood siding.



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