Episode 2.7: Chrysler Building

Aaaand here we are, back again with our season finale– yes, the season is abbreviated, but we’re closing out with one of the most iconic buildings in New York. The Chrysler Building in midtown Manhattan was paid for and owned by Walter P. Chrysler, automobile tycoon, and designed by the avant-garde architect of the age, William Van Alen. Hey, it’s not exactly a house but it does have hubcaps as ornamentation! A sky-high Art Deco lunch club! Sneaky spires! Career-ending lawsuits! All that drama and more!

William Van Alen

William Van Alen.jpg
By Source, Fair use, Link

(My absolute favorite picture of an architect ever.)

Walter P. Chrysler

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By Harris & Ewing, photographer – https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/hec2009010163/, Public Domain, Link

The Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building by David Shankbone Retouched.jpg
By w:User:Overand
derivative work: Overand (talk) – Chrysler_Building_by_David_Shankbone.jpg, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

And some exterior details:

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By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK – Chrysler Building 1e, CC BY 2.0, Link

Chrysler Building eagle.jpg
By Jason Eppink from New York City, USA – Chrysler Building, CC BY 2.0, Link

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By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK – Chrysler Building 1a, CC BY 2.0, Link

Main entrance

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By Norbert Nagel, Mörfelden-Walldorf, GermanyOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Thank you for following along and listening to season 2 of ICLH! We love making these episodes, and hope that we’ll be back soon to talk more architecture, and ask that evergreen question, “Could you live here?” (see what I did there?)

As always, email us with questions, comments, and suggestions for other homes to look into!




How to Visit the Chrysler Building


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William Van Alen: The Man Behind the Name

Van Alen, The Chrysler Building