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405 Lexington Avenue
New York City NY United States
Status: built Construction Dates Began 1928 Finished 1930 Floor Count 77 Floor Area 111,201 m² Building Uses - office Structural Types - highrise - pole Architectural Style - art deco Materials - masonry - steel - stone - marble - concrete
Heights Value Source / Comments Spire 1046 ft Building lobby exhibition An exhibition in the building's lobby reports the height as 1046' 4.5" Roof 925 ft Bottom of the spire Top floor 858 ft New York Department of Buildings 77th floor Observation deck 783 ft 71st floor; now no longer open but leased to tenants.
â¢ Owner(s): TMW Real Estate, Tishman Speyer Properties.
Facts & Description
â¢ Tallest building in the world from 1930 to 1931.
â¢ Originally, the building had an observation deck, this deck was closed when the Empire State Building opened and has since been converted into office space.
â¢ Cost: $15 million.
â¢ The Chrysler Corporation moved out and sold the building in the mid-1950s.
â¢ William Van Alen designed a 185ft (56.3m) spire, inspired by a car radiator grill, which was raised to the top in 90 minutes, surpassing 40 Wall Street, and the Eiffel Tower as the tallest structure in the world.
â¢ 391,831 rivets were used to make the Chrysler Building.
â¢ The "Cloud Club" was a private lounge area at the top of the building where people could rest and in the times of prohibition, had a hidden room. On the 2nd floor of the Cloud Club, Chrysler had a private lounge.
â¢ The 71st floor observation deck has triangular windows, with the walls having stars and the lights appeared as saturn. It is now leased to tenants.
â¢ In 1945 the observation deck was closed, the Cloud Club followed in the 1970's.
â¢ When the Chrysler Building was being fixed up, they found that all 3,800 windows were fine. The spire however leaked which was fixed, renovation was finished in 2002.
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