Chrysler Building

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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
5.08 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
Postal Code 10174
Building Function office
Structural Material steel
Energy Label LEED Gold
Landmark Status national
Construction Start 1928
Completion 1930
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Global Ranking #124 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #18 Tallest in North America
National Ranking #18 Tallest in United States
City Ranking #10 Tallest in New York City

Original Companies Involved

• Current RFR Realty LLC; Tishman Speyer Properties
• Past Abu Dhabi Investment Council
Developer WP Chrysler
Design William Van Alen
Structural Engineer
Design Ralph Squire & Sons
Main Contractor Fred T Ley & Co
Material Supplier
• Elevator Otis Elevator Company
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation

Retrofit Companies Involved

Developer RFR Realty LLC
Design Gensler

About Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building was the first supertall building taking the title of World's Tallest Building after winning a height battle with The Bank of Manhattan. The building claimed the title when it raised an 125-foot spire in just 90 minutes after constructing it in secret. It lost the title of World's Tallest Building 11 months later to the Empire State Building but enjoyed commercial success due to its location next to Grand Central Terminal. In 2009, the Chrysler Building went through a retrofit, gaining the certification LEED Gold for Existing Buildings.

CTBUH Initiatives

2019 Tall Building Predictions for the Year to Come
22 Jan 2019 – CTBUH News

Height: The History of Measuring Tall Buildings
Dec 2009 – CTBUH News


Stainless Steel Claddings for High-Rise Architecture
16 Sep 2014 – Dr. Jörn Teipel, Outokumpu

Research Papers

Designing the High-Rise Building from the Inside/Out
Mar 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 1

Steel and the Skyscraper City: A Study on the Influence of Steel on the Design of Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – The Future of Tall: A Selection of Written Works on Current Skyscraper Innovations

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

Other Building Facts

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

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