When the Chrysler Building rose in midtown Manhattan in 1930, it was the first building to exceed the Eiffel Tower in height, and the tallest building in the world – a record it claimed for less than a year when the Empire State Building was completed.
Designed for Walter P. Chrysler to house his Chrysler Corporation, the building captured not only the machine-age spirit of the 1920s, but also the poetic idea of the car itself: sleek, modern, fast, and stylish. Its interior spaces added the opulence of African marble and chrome.
While it was quickly surpassed in height, the Chrysler Building has held a unique position in the Manhattan skyline and in American architecture with its dramatic Art Deco styling and signature, stainless-steel crown. It is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished Art Deco buildings ever constructed.