Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Skyscrapers -Chrysler Building

Arguably New York's most beautiful skyscraper, the Chrysler Building was completed in 1930, at the start of the Great Depression. It is built in the Art Deco Style, which produced many beautiful skyscrapers in New York and Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s. The Chrysler Building has a unique "crown", and gargoyles which look down upon the city from over 200 metres in the air.

The Chrysler Building is 319 metres high, which made it the tallest building in the world for two year until another New York masterpiece, the Empire State Building, overtook in 1931. Currently, after the World Trade Centre attacks, it is the third tallest building in New York, surpassed by the Empire State Building and the Bank of America Tower. It is 77 metres high., with 32 elevators, and 111,201 square metres of floor space. The Chrysler Building is synonymous with Manhattan and its skyscrapers, and appears regularly in art, film, and on TV.

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