Chrysler Building

405 Lexington Ave., New York, New York


Chrysler Building

Photo taken by Michael Miller


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This extraordinary Art Moderne skyscraper, designed by William Van Alen, was built in 1928-1930 for Walter Chrysler, who dedicated it to "world commerce and industry." Until the Empire State building was completed a few blocks away, the Chrysler was for several months the world's tallest building. Noted for its machine age design and d├ęcor, it has gargoyles modeled on winged radiator caps, emblematic of the automobile that was the foundation of its builder's fortune. It is an enduring symbol of New York in the Roaring Twenties. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 8, 1976

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 8, 1976
Reference number
Architectural style
Modern Movement: Moderne
Areas of significance
Commerce; Art; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Professional; Business
Current functions
Professional; Business
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1925-1949
Significant years
1928; 1950

Update Log 

  • February 27, 2018: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett
  • January 22, 2018: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • November 8, 2013: New photos from Michael Miller

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