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Chrysler Building – World’s Tallest Brick Skyscraper

Posted by Jae on February 4, 2009

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is a 319 m, 77 floor,  Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan in the Turtle Bay area at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Standing at 319 m it was the world’s tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. However, the Chrysler Building remains the world’s tallest brick building. Also it was the first man-made structure to stand taller than 1,000 feet (305 m).

The Chrysler Building is considered a masterpiece of Art Deco architecture. The distinctive ornamentation of the building is based on features that were being used on Chrysler automobiles at the time.  The corners of the 61st floor are graced with eagles, replicas of the 1929 Chrysler hood ornaments; on the 31st floor, the corner ornamentation are replicas of the 1929 Chrysler radiator caps.  The Chrysler Building is also well renowned and recognized for its terraced crown. Composed of seven radiating terraced arches, the design of the crown is a cruciform groin vault constructed into seven concentric members with transitioning set-backs, mounted up one behind each other.

This is my favorite skyscraper in New York City and my favorite “classical” style skyscraper in the world. It is absolutely breath-takingly beautiful at night!

Chrysler Building

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