The Chrysler Building is a super tall skyscraper located in New York, United States. It is named after Walter Chrysler. At a height of 319 meters, it was the tallest building in the world for 11 months. In 1931, it was surpassed by the Empire State Building. It is still the tallest brick building in the world.
This building was designed by architect William van Alen. It has of total 77 floors. The highest occupied floor in the building is the 71st. The remaining higher floors are designed to enhance the exterior beauty. It is considered a leading example of Art-Deco architecture.
Quick Facts: –
- 391,881 rivets and 29,961 tons of steel were used during the construction of the Chrysler Building.
- It has a total of 3,862 windows that gaze out over New York. There are 32 elevators.
- The construction of the building commenced on September 19, 1928 and it was completed on May 27, 1930.
- In 1976, it was declared a National Historic Landmark and a New York City Landmark in 1978.
- From 1930 to mid-1950s, it served as the headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation.
- The top floors have very narrow and low ceilings that are just used for radio-broadcasting.
- Van Alen’s original design for the building called for a decorative jewel-like glass crown.
- The building was built at an average rate of four floors per week.
- At the time of construction, it was the first man-made structure to stand taller than 1,000 feet.