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Chrysler Building

405 Lexington Avenue
New York City NY United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count77
Floor Area111,201 m²
Elevator Count34
Building Uses
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - pole
Architectural Style
 - art deco
 - concrete
 - masonry
 - steel
 - stone

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire318.9 mBuilding lobby exhibition
An exhibition in the building's lobby reports the height as 1046' 4.5"
Roof282.0 m
Bottom of the spire
Top floor261.4 mNew York Department of Buildings
77th floor
Observation deck238.7 m
71st floor; now no longer open but leased to tenants.

- Architect: William Van Alen
- 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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William van Alen - architect

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