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"Art Deco in France found its American equivalent in the design of the New York skyscrapers of the 1920s. The Chrysler Building was one of the most accomplished essays in the style." —John Julius Norwich, ed. The World Atlas of Architecture
The Chrysler Building is considered an archetypal American Art Deco skyscraper, with gargoyles, artifacts, and a landmark tower.The exterior of the building reflects the Chrysler automobile. The building is faced with Nircosta metal, which resembles platinum, and is decorated with sculptural ornaments similar to hood ornaments. The radiating curves on the building's dome mimic giant sunbeams, a popular Art Deco theme.
At 77 floors and 1078 feet, it was the tallest building in the world for one year, until the completion of the Empire State Building in 1931. Thanks to its unusual spire, which is gracefully lighted at night, it is a star of the New York City skyline.
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Arden: 21st Nov 2005 - 04:12 GMT
The brilliance of this building's unique design is clearly reflected in its elegant spire.
Farrell: 22nd Feb 2006 - 18:47 GMT
Vanity Fair magazine ran an incredible photo of dancer/choreographer David Parsons stretched out high above NYC on one of the Chyrsler building's gargoyles. I'm assuming the photo was taken by the peerless Annie Leibovitz. Does anyone have any suggestions for finding resources for that picture?
Catherine Penfold-Waxman: 12th Sep 2006 - 14:12 GMT
I'm with Elaine on how much I love the Chrysler building and was fortunate enough to have a 16th floor office opposite it.
dazman: 21st Jun 2007 - 22:19 GMT
lovely building destroyed a picture frame trying to identify it
Franny Wentzel: 5th Mar 2009 - 15:35 GMT
Had a great time chucking rocks at the Chrysler Building till Old Man Chrysler came out and told us kids to get off his goddamn lawn...
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