Chrysler Building

405 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10174
Grand Central – 42nd Street

Chrysler Building

Address:                     405 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10174, EE. UU.

Visiting Schedule:     From 8:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m.

                                   Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays).                     

The city of skyscrapers offers its tourists another landmark building, the Chrysler Building and it stands 319 meters (1047 ft) tall and has 77 floors. It was built between 1928 and 1930, by the US car manufacturer Chrysler, surpassed the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and so becoming the tallest man-made structure in the world. It had been holding that title from 1930 to 1931, for 11 months, until it was surpassed by the nearby Empire State Building. It is one of the most famous examples of the art deco architecture style, with its stainless steel crown and perched gargoyles. This Building’s style—Art Deco—was considered modern, urbane, and luxurious. The term itself originated from the Exposition internationale des Arts Décoratifs et industriels modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts), held in Paris in 1925.

The most striking aspect of this skyscraper is located on the top, where there are some of eagle heads on the ledge of  the 61st floor. A little further down, on the 31st floor, in each corner of the ledge there is a reproduction of pieces of flying wings. The unique skyscraper was made with 29,961 tons of steel, about 3,826,000 bricks, and there are a total of 3,862 windows that gaze out on New York.

The visual impact of the building lies in the wealth of the forms and use of the materials, in particular the metal plates, which reflect the light of the sun. In the roof there is a huge mural of 36 meter long by 26 meters wide painted by Edward Trumbull that represents images of a type of progress, transport and energy.

The lobby triangular with inputs and outputs to the sides, is illuminated in a very theatrical way and lavishly decorated with Red Moroccan marble walls, sienna-coloured floor and onyx, blue marble and steel in Art Deco compositions. Another main feature of the lobby are the 32 lifts available, each one of them different, and manufactured with american hardwoods from different parts of the world.

Eleven months after the opening of the Chrysler Building, the tallest building in the world, the Empire State Building eclipsed it. This building was purchased by the Abu Dhabi Investment Council for $800 million in 2008 from Tishman Speyer real estate investment company for 90 percent majority ownership. It is primarily an office building and contains the corporate headquarters of some large investment and property firms.

Located on the east side of Manhattan, in the 405 of Lexington Avenue and at the intersection of 42nd Street. The entrance to the Chrysler building is free, there is no access beyond the visitor's entrance of the building. The lobby of the building is open to the public from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday.