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Height: Occupied
252.3 m / 828 ft
 
Height: To Tip
318.9 m / 1,046 ft
Height: Architectural
318.9 m / 1,046 ft
 
Chrysler Building Outline
Height: Observatory
238.7 m / 783 ft
Floors Above Ground
77
# of Elevators
32
Top Elevator Speed
4.5 m/s
Tower GFA
111,201 m² / 1,196,958 ft²

Facts

Official Name Chrysler Building
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United States
City New York City
Street Address & Map 405 Lexington Avenue
Building Function office
Structural Material steel
Energy Label LEED Gold
Landmark Status national
Construction Start 1928
Completion 1930
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #56 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #8 Tallest in North America
National Ranking #8 Tallest in United States
City Ranking #4 Tallest in New York City

Companies Involved

Owner Tishman Speyer Properties
Developer WP Chrysler
Architect
Design William van Alen
Structural Engineer
Design Ralph Squire & Sons
Main Contractor Fred T Ley & Co
Material Supplier
• Elevator Otis Elevator Company
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation

About Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building was the first supertall building taking the title of World's Tallest Building after winning a height battle with The Bank of Manhattan. The building claimed the title when it raised an 125-foot spire in just 90 minutes after constructing it in secret. It lost the title of World's Tallest Building 11 months later to the Empire State Building but enjoyed commercial success due to its location next to Grand Central Terminal. In 2009, the Chrysler Building went through a retrofit, gaining the certification LEED Gold for Existing Buildings.

CTBUH Initiatives

Height: The History of Measuring Tall Buildings
Dec 2009 – CTBUH News

Global News

Bloomberg Calls for New Height Limits in New York City
8 Oct 2012 – Hoping to spark a new era of skyscraper…

Research Papers

Tall Buildings in Numbers: The Tallest Buildings in the World: Past, Present & Future
Jun 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue II

Trivia

Became the world's tallest building in 1930 after raising a concealed spire to surpass the Bank of Manhattan. Surpassed the following year by the Empire State Building