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Chrysler History Fact – New York Chrysler Building

Something fun for you to read you may not know about the Chrysler manufacturing company’s history. For this change of topic, we travel to New York City. Then we travel 1,046 ft (319M) up into the sky to the top of one of the tallest buildings in the New York skyline, the Chrysler Building.

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This iconic skyscraper was actually the world’s tallest building for 11 months before it was overtaken by the Empire State Building in 1931. It is located on the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue.

The Chrysler Building is related to the manufacturing company, but not in the way you may think. It was built for the Chrysler car manufacturer company but the corporation didn’t pay for the construction of it and never owned it. Walter P.Chrysler payed for it himself so that his children could inherit it. Since its beginning, the building exchanged many hands over the years. Now it is owned by the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, aka Cooper Union, a privately funded college.

What makes the Chrysler Building unique is that it is mostly made of brick, actually close to 3,826,000 bricks were laid by hand to create the non-load bearing walls of the skyscraper. Construction began in September 19, 1928 during the great ‘tallest building in the world’ race. Just before completion engineers realized it stood even with a rival project on 40 Wall Street. Thus the crown got an addition, the 38 -meter (125 ft) long spire which was actually constructed in secret.

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“Art Deco in France found its American equivalent in the design of the New York skyscrapers of the 1920s. The Chrysler Building … was one of the most accomplished essays in the style.”

–John Julius Norwich, in The World Atlas of Architecture

I hope you enjoyed this little fun fact about the Chrysler manufacturing company. How not only has this company created a world known lineup of vehicles, it also has a part in the New York skyline.

Scott Held

Sherwood Dodge

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