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"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:
Happy Birthday, Chrysler Building
NY Times, April 23, 2005