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Interesting Facts About The Chrysler Building

  • It was was the world’s tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931.
  • The Chrysler Building was designed by architect William Van Alen for a project of Walter P. Chrysler.
  • Construction commenced on September 19, 1928. At that time there was an intense competition in New York City to build the world’s tallest skyscraper.
  • The Chrysler Building is still the tallest brick building in the world.
  • The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976, and a New York City Landmark in 1978.
  • The Chrysler Building has been shown in several movies that take place in New York.
  • The lobby of the Chrysler Building contains the world’s very first digital clock.
  • The building was constructed as the headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation, which it did maintain from 1930 till mid-1950s.
  • Construction began on September 19, 1928 and was completed by May 28, 1930.

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