Thursday, May 20, 2010

Chrysler Building, NYC, USA

Chrysler Building, originally uploaded by Son of Groucho.

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Chrysler Building was the world's tallest building from 27 May 1930 to 1931.
Record height
Preceded by 40 Wall Street
Surpassed by Empire State Building

Location 405 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, NY, United States
Constructed 1928-1930

Antenna or spire 318.9 m (1,046 ft)
Roof 282.0 m (925 ft)
Top floor 274.0 m (899 ft)

Technical details
Floor count 77 [1]
Floor area 1,195,000 sq ft (111,000 m2)
Elevators 32

Architect(s) William Van Alen
Owner Abu Dhabi Investment Council (90%)
Tishman Speyer (10%)

Fully habitable, self-supported, from main entrance to highest structural or architectural top;
Location in New York City
Coordinates: 40°45′6.12″N 73°58′31.08

The Chrysler Building is an 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 metres (1,047 ft), it was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. After the destruction of the World Trade Center, it was again the second-tallest building in New York City until December 2007, when the spire was raised on the 365.8-metre (1,200 ft) Bank of America Tower, pushing the Chrysler Building into third position. In addition, The New York Times Building which opened in 2007, is exactly level with the Chrysler Building in height.
The Chrysler Building is a classic example of Art Deco architecture and considered by many contemporary architects to be one of the finest buildings in New York City. In 2007, it was ranked ninth on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

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