Ralph Grunewald

The Chrysler Building, New York City

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Designed
by architect William van Alen, the Chrysler’s shiny, filigreed Art Deco spire
is the most indispensable piece of the New York City skyline, perfectly
balancing the primal thrust of the classic American skyscraper with the desire
for a little bling. (It was the world’s tallest for less than a year in 1931 before
that zeppelin-masted tower eight blocks south took the spotlight.) Day or
night, its stainless-steel crown still dazzles like nothing else.

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Alert:
This is
possibly the only building in the world that is decorated with automotive hood
ornaments: the big eagles on the 61st floor were copied from a 1929
Chrysler.

World's Most Beautiful Buildings

The Chrysler Building, New York City

Designed
by architect William van Alen, the Chrysler’s shiny, filigreed Art Deco spire
is the most indispensable piece of the New York City skyline, perfectly
balancing the primal thrust of the classic American skyscraper with the desire
for a little bling. (It was the world’s tallest for less than a year in 1931 before
that zeppelin-masted tower eight blocks south took the spotlight.) Day or
night, its stainless-steel crown still dazzles like nothing else.

Icon
Alert:
This is
possibly the only building in the world that is decorated with automotive hood
ornaments: the big eagles on the 61st floor were copied from a 1929
Chrysler.

Ralph Grunewald

World's Most Beautiful Buildings

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