The Chrysler Building is the world’s largest steel-supported brick building. Go through this article to know some interesting and fun facts about the Chrysler Building.

Facts About Chrysler Building

The third tallest building in the New York City, the Chrysler Building is a 77-storey skyscraper, deemed to be one of the most admired landmarks in New York. This Art Deco building is situated on the east side of Manhattan in the Turtle Bay area, at the crossing of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Once the world’s tallest structure, the Chrysler Building was also one of the most decorated offices in the world. The building is clad in stainless chromium-nickel steel, pierced by narrow triangular windows and surmounted by a slim 185 feet stainless spire. This gigantic and spectacular structure is ranked ninth on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects. Read on further to know more interesting and fun facts about the magnificent Chrysler Building.
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Interesting & Fun Facts About Chrysler Building
  • The Chrysler Building stands tall at 319 meters (1,047 feet) and was the world’s tallest building for eleven months from 1930 to 1931, until it was surpassed by the Empire State Building.
  • The New York Times Building that opened in 2007 shares the same height with the Chrysler Building.
  • The building was constructed as the headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation, which it did maintain from 1930 till mid-1950s.
  • Architect William Van Alen designed the building for Walter P. Chrysler, as an intense competition to build the world’s tallest skyscraper at that time.
  • About 400,000 rivets, 20,961 toms of structured steel, 10,000 light bulbs, and 3,826,000 bricks were used to build the walls of this colossal skyscraper.
  • Construction began on September 19, 1928 and was completed by May 28, 1930.
  • The building has been owned several times by different owners. Presently, the Abu Dhabi Investment Council holds 90% ownership in the building.
  • The Chrysler Building features enormous stylized eagle heads, pineapples, and automobile-related designs.
  • The lobby, all the more, forms an art deco extravaganza of marble, chrome, and fresco. While the eagles are graced at the 61st floor, replicas of the 1929 Chrysler radiator caps adorn the 31st floor.
  • Interestingly, the building has 3,862 windows on its façade.
  • Did you know that more than 750 miles of electrical conductor wire was used in the construction of this skyscraper, which is equivalent to the distance from New York City to Chicago?
  • The Chrysler Building has been declared a National Historic Landmark since 1976.
  • Architect William Van Alen was never paid his fees on the pretext of involvement in the financial arrangements with the building’s contractors.
  • The elaborate ornamentation on the top of the building is the most attractive and stunning feature of the skyscraper.
  • The highest occupied floor in the building is the 71st floor above which the remaining floors are designed only for exterior beautification.
  • The top stories have very narrow, low ceilings that are used only for radio-broadcasting and other mechanical and electrical equipment.

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