Chrysler Building

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Subway: Grand Central (Lines 4, 5, 6, 7 y S).

Bus: Lines M42, M101, M102, M103 and M104

The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco style skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan (New York, USA) at 405 Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street. It has become a distinctive symbol for the city. At 1,047 feet, the structure was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. It was originally built by the Chrysler Corporation.

The Chrysler Building is a classic example of Art Deco architecture; the distinctive ornamentation of the tower is based on the hubcaps then used on all Chrysler automobiles. On every corner of the 61 story building there is a gargoyle in the shape of an eagle. On the corners of the 31st floor, there are replicas of the radiator caps of Chrysler cars from 1929 to which wings have been added. The architect, William Van Alen, previously had gained permission in secret to construct a needle, which was constructed inside the building. The needle, made of stainless Nirosta steel, was placed at the top of the building one afternoon in November of 1929, making the Chrysler building not only the tallest building in the world but also the tallest structure, surpassing the Eiffel Tower. The building opened its doors to the public on May 27, 1930. Van Alen and Chrysler enjoyed this distinction for less than a year, until the opening of the Empire State Building. Although the Chrysler Building cannot be visited, one can visit the lobby to see the fantastic art deco in the hall.


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