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Happy Birthday, Chrysler Building

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On May 19, 2005 @ 9:25 am In Finance | Comments Disabled

The Chrysler Building [1] has always been my favorite Manhattan [2] skyscraper: [3]  Its a gorgeous [4], Deco [5] masterpiece [6], and I am thrilled beyond words to have my office here, (even if its on a lower floor [7]).

I’ve joked with my bosses that the only reason I haven’t quit is that I love being in this building [8]. Not just the lobby, but even the elevators are gorgeous [9].

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Nyt_20050423_opart [10]

"In 1928, Walter P. Chrysler bought the property at 405 Lexington Avenue
and 42nd street and told his architect, William Van Alen, to build the
tallest building in the world – and to step on the gas."


UPDATE May 19, 2005 11:38am
Fatbear points (in the comments) to a few interesting facts on the Chrysker Building’s relationship to Cooper Union College:

Cooper Union and the Chrysler Building [11]
Cooper Union: $9,300; CUNY: $6,600 — a stacked deck [12]

Good stuff!



Happy Birthday, Chrysler Building

James Stevenson
NY Times, April 23, 2005

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URLs in this post:

[1] Chrysler Building: http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Chrysler_Building.html

[2] Manhattan: http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=114867

[3] skyscraper:: http://www.wirednewyork.com/landmarks/chrysler/default.htm

[4] gorgeous: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/wonder/structure/chrysler.html

[5] Deco: http://users.commkey.net/daniel/chrysler.htm

[6] masterpiece: http://www.salon.com/ent/masterpiece/2002/02/25/chrysler/

[7] lower floor: http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/20_sky1b.html

[8] building: http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/chrysler/chrysler.html

[9] gorgeous: http://www.tgpa.org/images/kaplan/chrysler_large.jpg

[10] Image: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/nyt_20050423_opart.gif

[11] Cooper Union and the Chrysler Building: http://www.wernercohn.com/Chrysler.html

[12] Cooper Union: $9,300; CUNY: $6,600 — a stacked deck: http://www.thevillager.com/villager_7/cooperunion.html

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