A unique view on / from the Chrysler Building
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I have probably mentioned it before. And if not here it is: of all buildings in New York City the indisputable no. 1 is the beautiful Chrysler Building. It is not the tallest building, but its Art Deco design is so perfect and iconic that nothing can beat it.
The Chrysler Building is currently the third tallest building in New York City, a position it shares with the New York Times Building. The tip of its spire reached 319 meters (1046 ft), making it just 4 meters (13 ft) lower than the highest point in The Netherlands. The highest floor reaches 274 meters (899 ft) the rest is contributed by the crown and the spire. The building was once the tallest building in the world, whcih lasted 11 months when the Empire State Building took that position.
The tower was constructed in 1928 by architect William van Alen as commissioned by the Chrysler Corporation. Four floors per week were built and there were no deaths during construction. After opening in 1930 the building remained in Chrysler's possession until 1953. The owner went, the name stayed.
Every day when I went to the office I passed through the iconic building. A great start of each day! Apart from the lobby, the building is not open for tourists. There is no panorama deck or whatsoever. There is a terrace at almost two thirds of the tower's height. The terrace with the iconic gargoyles (inspired by the Chrysler cars). I knew that sometimes APG relations were given the possibility to visit the terrace, and I was jealous every time I heard visitors went up there.
Just after returning my car I received a call that I had to be in the building at noon (I had taken a day off). So, I rushed to the site and arrive at 11:59. Arnoud and Wynanda were also invited, so together with colleague Liz and someone of the Chrysler Building we stepped into the beautiful elevators and moved up to the terrace.
This visit made my day. Thanks Marc and Liz for arranging this for me!
More pictures below. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels