AAA Editor Notes
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Ave., is an exemplar of Art Deco architecture. Built in 1930, the building was the headquarters for the Chrysler Corporation from 1930 to the mid-1950s and was the world's tallest building for several months until it was surpassed by the Empire State Building. Made of brick and stainless steel, the monolith is 1,046 feet tall with 77 stories and features details that are modeled after Chrysler automobiles, including gargoyles that resemble the company's eagle hood ornament. Seven radiating terraced arches, each with a sunburst pattern, comprise its distinctive crown.
Tours are not offered but visitors may enter the lobby, where they will be treated to a breathtaking Art Deco interior highlighted by Moroccan rouge flame marble walls, travertine floors and an Edward Trumbull mural painted in 1930. The stunning elevator doors feature an intricate, Egyptian-style, wood-and-brass lotus flower design.