The Chrysler Building is an Art-Deco-style skyscraper which is located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It is found at the crossing of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in the Turtle Bay neighbourhood. At 1,046, the Chrysler Building was the world’s tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed in 1931 by the Empire State Building.
The Chrysler Building is the tallest brick building in the world, notwithstanding that is has a steel frame. After the destruction of the World Trade Centre, it was again considered to be the second-tallest building in New York City. Only until December 2007, when the spire was raised on the 1,200-foot Bank of America Tower, pushing the Chrysler Building into third position. In addition, the New York Times Building, which was opened in 2007, is exactly level with the Chrysler Building in height, thereby making both buildings in forth position of the World’s tallest building. They were again passed down to fifth place in 2015 by 432 Park Avenue.
The Chrysler Building being a classical example of Art Deco architecture is considered by many contemporary architects to be one of the finest buildings in New York City. On the List of America’s Favourite Architecture, it was ranked ninth in 2007 by the American Institute of Architects. From 1930 until the mid-1950s, it was considered to be the headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation. Even though the building was built and designed especially for the car manufacturer, the corporation did not pay for the construction of it and never owned it, as Walter P. Chrysler decided to pay for it himself so that his children could inherit it.
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