See 20 Amazing Photos and Facts of the Chrysler Building in New York
See Incredible Photos and Facts about the Chrysler Building in Manhattan
Today, the Chrysler Building in New York City is one of the most iconic and revered architectural buildings in the world. That was not always the case.
Here are 20 photos and amazing facts about the iconic Chrysler Building located at 405 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, New York.
Interspersed with the great photos below of the Chrysler Building are amazing true facts about the New York City landmark. From the time it was being built, and especially after it was completed and remaining to today the Chrysler Building has been famous all over the world.
Hope you enjoy the photos and facts about the Chrysler Building.
The Chrysler Building is 1,046 feet tall, has 77 floors, and 32 lifts and elevators.
Excavation of the building's 69 foot deep foundation began in mid-November of 1928, and was completed when bedrock was reached in mid-January of 1929.
Construction of the building itself began on January 21, 1929, and the building was completed on May 27, 1930.
When the Chrysler Building was completed in 1930, it was the tallest building and tallest man-made structure in the world (surpassing the Eiffel Tower).
The Chrysler Building remained the tallest building in the world for 11 months until the nearby Empire State Building was completed in 1931.
Today, the Chrysler Building is still the tallest brick building with a steel structure framework in the world.
When it was finished in 1930, the reviews of the Chrysler Building were mixed. Some called it iconic and modernist but many others thought it was unoriginal and inane.
Today, the Chrysler Building is considered the paragon of the Art-Deco architectural style.
Walter Chrysler, the founder and head of the Chrysler Corporation car company, paid for the building himself and was the sole owner. Chrysler wanted full ownership of the building himself so he could pass it along to his children.
The Chrysler Corporation took no part in the ownership or construction of the building, but Chrysler did have its headquarters in the building from 1930 until the middle of the 1950s.
The Chrysler Building was originally going to be the Reynolds Building. Former NY State Senator and real estate developer William Reynolds started construction on the site on September 19, 1928, but ran out of funds and sold the lot to Walter Chrysler for $2 million. Chrysler demolished the incomplete construction and started anew shortly thereafter.
The owners of the Chrysler Building have never paid any real estate tax to the city.
That's because the land under the building is owned by Cooper Union which signed a deal with the city in 1859 giving the college a full property tax exemption for all its land. Cooper Union was given the land under the Chrysler Building in 1902.
Walter Chrysler died in 1940 and his family sold the Chrysler Building to William Zeckendorf in 1953 for $18 million.
Former NFL Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke owned the Chrysler Building from 1979 until he died in 1997.
In 2008, the Abu Dhabi Investment Council purchased 90 percent of the Chrysler Building for $800 million.
In 2019, RFR Holding LLC based in New York, purchased the Chrysler Building for $150 million.
The owner of the Chrysler Building pays Cooper Union rent that is currently around $35 million annually and will rise to $41 million in 2028.
From its completion in 1930 until 1945, the Chrysler Building had an observation deck called the Celestial. The Celestial did big business for 11 months until the higher and better Empire State Building observation deck was opened in 1931.
Walter Chrysler had a three-story residence in the building from the 58th to 60th floors. It was the tallest residence in the world at the time. He also had a two-story apartment on the 69th and 70th floors.
The Chrysler Building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, and a New York City Landmark in 1978.