Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Chrysler Building

Built in 1930, The Chrysler Building is one of my very favorite buildings in New York City. William Van Alen was the architect of this Art Deco masterpiece.

I was first introduced to this marvel through the opening credits of the Norman Lear comedy "Maude," and it has stuck with me ever since.

Just check out these details that you wouldn't even notice from the street:

I am in Art Deco heaven. Apparently the gargoyles on the building were modeled after Chrysler automobile products such as the hood ornament of a Plymouth.

If you want interior photos, better snap fast as the sphincter police are quick to tell you that photos are not allowed.

Fortunately, I snap fast.

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K. Martinez said...

I've been inside this building and it is a beauty! I remember when first walking inside the Chrysler Building being blown away by the interior. All I was familiar with was the exterior so it really took me by surprise. The Chrysler and Empire State are the two buildings I could visit over and over again and never tire of them. Can I ask when these pics were taken? My last visit was in June 2001.

Thanks, Dave.

Fifthrider said...

Again with the "You can't take photos here" stuff? Why create greatness then tell people not to look at it?

Major Pepperidge said...

One of the most amazing buildings ever. I'm sure you've seen that photo (Margaret Bourke White, I believe) taking a photo from one of those eagle-head gargoyles. Just looking at it gives me the willies!

Patrick Devlin said...

Lovely stuff, Dave. As much as I love the Empire State Building the Chrysler Building edges it out in terms of total style. And it's a former world's tallest building, just like the ESB.