With its towering skyscrapers and famous landmarks, Manhattan has one of the world’s most iconic skylines. One of its most prominent elements is the East Side’s Chrysler Building.
Built between 1928-1930, the structure is one of Manhattan’s most visited locations.
The Chrysler Building was commissioned by Walter P. Chrysler, and designed by architect William Van Alen. Construction began after ground breaking on September 19, 1928 during New York’s race to build the world’s tallest skyscraper.
To create non-loadbearing walls, over 3.5 million bricks were manually laid. 29,961 tons of steel, and 391,881 rivets were used in the construction of the 77-floor structure. During its construction, an average of four floors were completed per week.
It was completed May 27,1930.
Tallest Building in the World (For a While)
During its construction, New York was in a frenzy to create the world’s tallest skyscraper. Throughout the construction of the Chrysler Building, its spire was kept a secret until it was delivered to site. Once it arrived, the 185-foot addition was erected in 90 minutes; it was the world’s first man-made structure to stand taller than 1,000 feet.
With its spire, it was the world’s tallest building, until that title was taken by the Empire State Building in 1931.
Today, the structure remains the world’s tallest brick building with a steel structure.
The Chrysler Building’s Art-Deco-style and sunburst motif is renowned. Its crown is covered in an austenitic stainless steel, and is composed of seven radiating terraced arches.
The building has many ornamental features to mimic those found on Chrysler automobiles at the time.