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Chrysler Building

New York, New York, United States

405 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York, United States
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Overall Experience: 6 / 10
Date Visited: Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Chrysler Building is one of the most recognizable buildings in New York City. The building is closed off to the public, except for the lobby. The lobby is beautiful - made entirely of stone. A large mural covers the ceiling. The elevator doors are made from rare woods.

During Open House NY, historian Robert Klara gave a talk in the lobby describing the history of the building and its construction. The presentation was interesting and entertaining.

The Chrysler building was in a race with the building at 40 Wall St to become the tallest building in the world in 1930. The designers of the Chrysler Building secretly changed their plans and increased the height of the building in the last minute. The Chrysler building was the tallest building in the world until the Empire State Building was completed a few months later.

Although the lobby is nicely decorated, it's really not all that much to look at. Unless you're visiting for a public lecture, the lobby isn't one of the "must see" attractions in New York.

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