Historic: Chrysler Building

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Historic: Chrysler Building Gender: N/A
born on 27 May 1930 at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place Manhattan, New York, 40n46, 73w59
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 05°37' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 28°11 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 28°49'

Historic: Chrysler Building
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American Art Deco-style skyscraper located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan, at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in the Turtle Bay neighborhood. At 1,046 feet (319 m), the structure was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. It was the first man-made structure to stand taller than 1,000 feet (305 m).

It is the tallest brick building in the world, albeit with a steel frame. After the destruction of the World Trade Center, it was again the second-tallest building in New York City until December 2007, when the spire was raised on the 1,200-foot (365.8 m) Bank of America Tower, pushing the Chrysler Building into third position. In addition, The New York Times Building, which opened in 2007, is exactly level with the Chrysler Building in height. Both buildings were then pushed into fourth position, when the under-construction One World Trade Center surpassed their height, and then to fifth position by 432 Park Avenue which was completed in 2015.

The Chrysler Building is a classic example of Art Deco architecture and considered by many contemporary architects to be one of the finest buildings in New York City. It was the headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation from 1930 until the mid-1950s. Although the building was built and designed specifically for the car manufacturer, the corporation did not pay for the construction of it and never owned it, as Walter P. Chrysler decided to pay for it himself, so that his children could inherit it.

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  • compare to chart of Historic: Eiffel Tower (born 31 March 1889). Notes: World's tallest structure, 1930–1931
  • compare to chart of Historic: Taipei 101 (born 31 December 2004). Notes: World's tallest structure, 1930-1931

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "CHRYSLER BUILDING, CITY'S HIGHEST, OPEN: Forty-second Street Merchants Aid in Ceremony--Speakers Laud Builder's Vision. SMITH TRACES PROGRESS At Luncheon He Recalls Horse Cars and Small Structures in That Now Busy Section," New York Times, 28 May 1930, p. 13: "The Chrysler Building, the city's tallest structure, was formally opened yesterday, . . . Following a public inspection of the new building Walter P. Chrysler was guest of honor at a luncheon . . . A bronze tablet placed in the lobby of the building . . . was unveiled."


  • Mundane : Misc. Mundane : Historic milestones (World's tallest structure, 1930–1931)