Happy Birthday, Chrysler Building

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

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

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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:

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

Good stuff!



Happy Birthday, Chrysler Building

James Stevenson
NY Times, April 23, 2005

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