The Chrysler Building may just be the most dazzling of all the art deco skyscrapers in the world. The landmark’s glistening dome, proud spire, and polished detailing make it stand out from the crowd and delight pedestrians below.
Art Deco Masterpiece
When describing the Chrysler Building, Art Deco(opens in a new tab) always comes to mind. This skyscraper’s smooth lines and sleek build easily encapsulate the art deco movement. During the day, the building’s seven-story pinnacle conjures up images of abstract automobiles and American industrial progress. At night, it resembles an illuminated crown, radiating with jewels.
Clever observers will ask about the Chrysler Building Gargoyles(opens in a new tab). While these may look like traditional gargoyles, they are actually entirely ornamental, and their futuristic features set them apart from their gothic counterparts. These structures are designed to invoke hood ornaments on their contemporary Chrysler cars. (The Chrysler Plymouth to be exact!)
The Tallest Building in the World
For 11 months, the Chrysler Building held the coveted title(opens in a new tab) of “Tallest Building in the World.” It snatched that title after a heated competition with 40 Wall Street. 40 Wall Street officially opened on May 26th, 1930, believing that its 927 feet earned the title of “Tallest Building in the World.”
Little did they know, the Chrysler Building had a sneaky trick up its sleeve. The very next day, the Chrysler Building hoisted up its 125-foot tall (secretly-constructed) spire, bringing the Chrysler building to a height of 1046 feet, far surpassing its competitor. However, less than a year later, the Empire State Building was completed and dwarfed both the Chrysler Building and 40 Wall Street.
A Movie Star
As is fitting for any glamorous New York City icon, the Chrysler Building has made guest appearances in many Hollywood movies. You should recognize it from Independence Day, Deep Impact, Godzilla (1998), and A.I.
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