Friday, February 7, 2014

The Chrysler Building

One of my most favorite buildings is The Chrysler Building. I have stayed at The Intercontinential The Barclay during my trips to the US Open, and getting off the bus at the hotel to see this building right in front of me, made my evening! I never managed to look at it up close, until now. My to do list in the city is rather large, and sometimes finding time to do everything can get a bit crazy! Loved this entrance way! 
The Chrysler Building was built between 1928 and 1930, designed by architect William Van Alen. It has 77 stories and stands 1046 feet tall over this fabulous city. Located on Lexington Avenue, between 42nd/43rd streets, you can only visit the lobby area. The building is used for for business, which is why you cannot go any further than the lobby area. 
Loved this inside! 
Walter Chrysler bought the project before construction and had the architect William Van Alen add decorative features inspired by Chrysler's automobile designs, including stainless-steel eagle head hood ornaments, Chrysler radiator caps, racing cars on the 31st floor, and even the notable shiny vertex.
Originally painted on canvas, Edward Trumbull's "Transport and Human Endeavor" was cemented to the lobby ceiling. Trumbull's mural was the largest in the world at the time of its completion, and features buildings, airplanes, and scenes from the Chrysler assembly line, as the Chrysler Building itself.

The building was the headquarters for the Chrysler Corporation from 1930 to the mid-1950's. 
There are 3,862 windows on it's facade and 4 banks of 8 elevators!! 
Art Deco at it's very finest! 

The Chrysler Building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. This view to me is classic New York City. Every time I see it in the distance while walking around, I cannot help but smile!! 

Today's Words of Wisdom: One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years. - Tom Wolfe

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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Loving all these facts! The Chrysler Building is one of my favorites in the NYC skyline. The art deco design can't be beat. I also can't help but smile whenever I see it as well.

Happy weekend Rosemary!

Rowena @ rolala loves

miss b said...

It's an iconic building and one which I would love to visit. Beautiful Art Deco styling and such a striking entrance.

Kelly said...

Thanks for sharing your photos. The Chrysler Building and Woolworth Building top of my list of all-time favorite NYC buildings!

Chic Delights said...

I agree that the Chrysler Building is an iconic landmark. It is a jewel in the sky in NYC.

Pearls of Style said...

I agree, such an iconic building! I was lucky enough to visit an office near the very top on a day that it was snowing. Pretty spectacular views!

Krissie x -

Savanna said...

I've never been but it looks stunning! It's on my list for sure!

Sarah Coggins said...

Gorgeous photos of a truly stunning piece of architecture. Appreciate all the details you shared. Someday when I make it back to NYC, I'll be sure stop by for a look.

Stopping in from the SITS comment tribe. Have a great week! :)

Savvyworkinggal said...

My brother lives in NYC and I visited him once. He took me to see the Chrysler building. It is one of his favorites and a beauty.

Stacie said...

I have never been to NYC--but this definitely looks like a cool place to check-out. Someday!!

Sandy Sandmeyer said...

NYC is my favorite place to visit and I used to go annually when I lived in Connecticut. Now that I live in Florida, I've only been back a couple of times. I've never seen the inside of the Chrysler Building and I see that I've been missing out. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures.

Royal @ Royal Proclaims said...

I've never been to NYC before but this will definitely be on my "to-do" list!
Visiting from SITS linkup!

Sarah said...

So beautiful. All those detail shots are really inspiring.

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