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4 The Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building
In the 1930s, there was a real race for the skies in New York with skyscrapers popping up all over the place here, all trying to become the world's tallest building. There was a particularly hot competition between William Van Alen, who is the architect of the Chrysler Building here, and Craig Severance, who at the same time, was trying to take the world's tallest building a bit further downtown at 40 Wall Street. Craig Severance thought he’d won the day when he opened his skyscraper in May 1930. But he didn't know that William Van Alen, in secret, had been constructing the huge metal spire on top of the Chrysler Building, 186-foot tall. When that on went up, the Chrysler Building became the world's tallest building. It only held onto the world's tallest title for just a few months. Then the Empire State Building came along. And that was 202 feet higher than even the Chrysler Building here. But the Chrysler still hangs onto one world record as the world's tallest brick building. There are some 4 million bricks in total there, and all of them laid individually by hand. The Chrysler Building is well-known for its art deco style, especially its crown of radiating sunbursts. There's also a design feature of note a bit farther down the building, on the 31st floor there, where we can see these round structures of chrome with wings on. And these are actually super-sized radiator caps from the 1929 Chrysler automobiles, a little nod and thank-you to Mr. Chrysler and the Chrysler Car Corporation which, of course, funded the whole building.
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