Chrysler Building

The 1047 foot tall Chrysler Building held the title of the world's tallest building for one year when it was surpassed by the Empire State Building

Top of the Chrysler Building as seen from the Empire State Building
Top of the Chrysler Building as seen from the Empire State Building cc licensed photo by Matthias Rosenkranz

In the 1920s, New York became obsessed with breaking the record of the world's tallest building. The title was achieved when the 1,047 foot Chrysler Building was built in 1930, but short-lived being surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. Almost thwarted all together by the Bank of Manhattan building being built at the same time, the stainless steel spire was constructed in secret and installed in 90 minutes giving the Chrysler Building the needed height win the title.

One of the most recognisable buildings in the Manhattan skyline, the 77-floor Art Deco building is currently the third tallest building in New York City. Since its restoration in 1996, the polished chromium nickel of the stepped dome building gleams even on cloudy days.

Automobile tycoon, Walter Chrysler purchased the design from architect William Van Alen and intended to make the building the Chrysler headquarters. Many decorative features inspired by Chrysler's automobiles including stainless steel eagle hood ornaments on the 61st floor and replicas of Chrysler radiator caps on the 31st floor.

Now a state of the art office building, the building is primarily used for business and there is no access for visitors beyond the lobby, but the intricate Art Deco marble floors and elevator banks are definitely worth a peek.

Nearby attractions: Grand Central Terminal, New York Public Library

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Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Address: 405 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10174, USA

Phone: (212) 682-3070

Official Website: Chrysler Building


Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
4, 5, 6 or 7Grand Central / 42 Street0-2 MInutes

How to get to Chrysler Building by Subway

Take the 4, 5, 6 or 7 train to Grand Central / 42 Street, exit onto 42nd Street and walk east to the corner of Lexington Avenue. Note that you may get better views of the building itself from farther back.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5Chrysler Building Star Rating

5 Star Rating The Chrysler Building Held The Title Of The World Tallest Building For A Brief Period In The 1930's Before The Iconic And Historic Empire State Building Took Over The Title, And It Held It For Over 42 Years. That Remains The Longest Held Title In Modern Times. The Twin Towers Then Took Over In The 1970's But Didn't Held The Title For Long As New Structures Are Being Erected At An Alarming Rate And Speed Never Seen Before In The History Of The World. Of Course That Means That The Title Of "The Tallest Building In The World" Keeps Changing Hands. Chicago Sears Tower Surpassed The Twin Towers As Tallest In The Western Hemisphere, But World Wide The Title Kept Changing Hands. The One World Trade Center "The Freedom Tower" Became The Title Holder In The Western Hemisphere With A Height Of 1,776 Feet High Counting The Antenna. There Are Taller Buildings In The World And New York Might Never Held The Title Ever Again Again. Of Course, Only Time Will Tell. The US Could Be Richer If There Weren't WARS, Because Wars Leave HUGE Deficits Behind. The US Is The World's Greatest Deficit Holder As Defenders Of The World's Freedoms. Of Course, As The Space Age Develops With Trump's Space Force Leading The Way, The US Will Be The World's Top Economy Soon Enough. Then, The Next US Super Structure Could Rise. Thanks Readers Championship Sports Rules!


5 Star Rating My favorite building in New York. Wish I could go upstairs but is offices there with no access for visitors. This amazing art deco building is so iconic so is very sad for me not to go to the top. On the ground floor everything look so amazing so can only imagine how beautiful will be on the top. Visit for the first time last year love so much need to back there this year.

Beata Collis - 1 month ago

3 Star Rating Old world history. Architecture like many of the original Chrysler structures. Mr. Walter Percy Chrysler chose to pay for the construction in full. In this way his children would own this building that we today refer to in so many different words.

luor ps - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Amazing! Gorgeous. I hope this beautiful establishment continues to be protected by it's owners and taken care of very well by the management office. This building is an American classic. Hopefully no other buildings will be built near it ( ~ 6 blocks radius) otherwise the iconic presence will cease.

Carlos Auxier-Loyola - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating This magnificent structure was the tallest building in the world for the brief period from its completion until the Empire State Building was constructed. The unique architecture of the upper floors of the exterior of the Chrysler building make it a very recognizable and attractive feature in the Manhattan skyline. The lobby of the first floor is beautiful and worth taking a few minutes to see if you are in the area. However, the lobby is the only portion open to the public. No tours are conducted of the building.

James Gibson - 5 months ago


This video shows not only the exterior of the Chrysler Building, but also its opulent lobby

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