AD Classics: Chrysler Building / William Van Alen

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In a skyline that has developed New York as a destination for architects and city lovers alike, the by is identifiable from any distance for its distinguishable style and profile against its surroundings. With the initial intention to be the world’s tallest building, it remained so for only eleven months until it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. The Chrysler Building is a classic example of the Art Deco style, from the street to its terraced crown. Interior and exterior alike, it is admired for its distinctive ornamentation based on features that were also found on Chrysler automobiles at the time.

More on the Chrysler Building by William Van Alen after the break.