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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

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