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"Among the Manhattan..." Chrysler Building Tip by AndreasK

Chrysler Building, New York City: 79 reviews and 131 photos


Among the Manhattan skyscrapers the <b>Chrysler Building</b> is easy to identify because of its stainless steel, stepped-dome top. The building was initiated by William J. Reynolds, a former New York Senator. In the late 1920's, New York became obsessed with breaking records for the world's tallest building. It was the Golden Age of Art Deco (see my Miami Beach page for more info on Art Deco). Architect Van Allen originally had planned a 56-story tower to beat out the proposed 55 stories of the Lincoln Building. When the architect of the Lincoln Building upped his project to 63 stories, Van Allen went back to the drawing board and proposed a 65-story tower that soon became a 67-story, 808-foot-high tower with an observatory with a glass dome that was to be illuminated from within at night.

Address: 405 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10174
Directions: Between 42nd St. &amp; 43rd St.
Phone: (212) 682-3070

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  • Written Sep 7, 2002
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