Completed in 1930, this towering edifice was the first construction project to rise higher than the Eiffel Tower. This leader... More
Completed in 1930, this towering edifice was the first construction project to rise higher than the Eiffel Tower. This leadership was to be short-lived, however, as The Empire State Building was built 1,048 feet taller only a few months later. The Chrysler Building still holds people's interest both culturally and architecturally. Walter Chrysler commissioned its construction in honor of his success in the automobile industry, which is reflected in its flamboyant art deco style. For example, sculptures of cars are carved into the brickwork.
Though not as tall or famous as the Empire State Building, most true New Yorkers will tell you that the Chrysler Building is our pesonal favorite. From its high gloss aluminum spire to its art deco gargoyles, it is our prime example of architectural eye candy. And it is just a block from Grand Central Station out Beaux Arts Transit masterpiece.