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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
# of Elevators
Top Elevator Speed
4.5 m/s
Tower GFA
111,201 m² / 1,196,958 ft²


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
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 William van Alen
Structural Engineer 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 is the taller tower within the two-building complex of the Chrysler Center. The Chrysler Building was originally completed in 1930 but went through renovations in 1998 increasing the building’s rent-able area. It is an Art Deco style skyscraper and was the tallest building in the world for 11 months until it was surpassed by the Empire State Building but still can claim the title of one of the tallest brick buildings in the world. In 2009, the Chrysler Building went through a $106 million energy efficiency retrofit, gaining the certification for 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 – New York city

Research Papers

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


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