Chrysler Building in New York (USA) - skyscraper
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405 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York, USA
Date of build
19 September 1928 - start of construction
May 28, 1930 - opening ceremony
A stunning building designed by William Van Alen. The previous shareholder Van Alena, H. Craig Severance, was commissioned to design the world's tallest building for Bank Manhattan on Wall Street. The record was kept only a few minutes. Van Allen hid the spire of his skyscraper inside the building and as soon as Severance's building was completed reaching a height of 285.5 meters, Van Alen pushed the spire through the roof and distanced the rival reaching 318.83 m building height (77 floors). However, the Chrysler Building was a record holder for only a few months - in 1931 it was almost until the end of the sixties Empire State Building .
Chrysler Building is the tallest brick building in the world.
For building a skyscraper, 20,961 tons of steel, 391 881 rivets, 3 826 000 bricks, 446 000 roof panels, 794,000 stone blocks were used.
The building has: 3,862 windows, 2,788 doors, 200 flight steps, 1/5 mile aluminum handrails, 35 miles of pipes, 15 miles of cables brass, 10,000 bulbs, 750 miles of electric wires, 52 000 ft³ marble, 112 000 ft³ wainscot, 3 200 000 ft³ painted surface.
On the top of the skyscraper there is: a private room called "Cloud Club" and an observatory.
Walter Chrysler never paid the architect William van Alen for his construction work because he thought van Alen was involved in some suspicious financial interests with the building entrepreneur.