Smaller than the Empire State building, but classically designed and very recognizeable.
For a whole year the Chrysler Building, which was completed in the year 1930 and with which the car manufacturer Walter P. Chrysler wanted immortalize himself, was at almost 319m/1,037ft the tallest skyscraper in New York; it lost this honour when the Empire State Building was completed in 1931. The crown, with its stainless steel arches and triangle windows which give the building its characteristic appearance, can be seen from almost everywhere. Architect William Van Alen was inspired the Art Deco style when creating the Chrysler Building, which was at first denounced as bizarre. Art Deco is also represented in the lobby and the 18 lifts (with different wood inlay work) which have been restored in the original style.