Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building by David Shankbone Retouched.jpg

The Chrysler Building, located in New York City, began construction September 1928 and was completed roughly 2 years later in 1930. Walter P. Chrysler, head of the Chrysler Corporation, employed architect William Van Alen to design the building. Chrysler's vision for the building was "a bold structure declaring the glories of modern world"; Van Alen's design delivered with a classic Art Deco style recognizable by its angular features and zig zag design. The steel building we all know from the ubiquitous New York skyline and referenced in popular TV shows such as AMC's "Mad Men" stands 77 stories high (1,046 ft). Likewise, this was not an inexpensive endevour; the building cost $20 million dollars and took The building was part of the "race to the sky" and was victorious for a few months before being beaten by the Empire state building. Regardless, The Chrysler Building will always be a symbol of modern machinery and has gone down in history as one of the wonders of the world.

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