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Happy 75th birthday to the Chrysler Building!

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  • olive_e_thomas
    With steel wings and gargoyle eagles, the Chrysler Building turns 75 By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press Writer May 27, 2005, 10:07 PM EDT NEW YORK -- The
    Message 1 of 2 , May 27, 2005
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      With steel wings and gargoyle eagles, the Chrysler Building
      turns 75

      By VERENA DOBNIK
      Associated Press Writer

      May 27, 2005, 10:07 PM EDT

      NEW YORK -- The Chrysler Building's spire was secretly
      installed 75 years ago in the Manhattan night, becoming the
      world's tallest edifice and an Art Deco monument to America's
      private wealth and its jazz age.

      On Friday, the anniversary of its opening on May 27, 1930, the
      77-story high-rise was honored publicly _ with a U.S. postage
      stamp unveiled in its lavish marble lobby.

      The building _ made of 20,961 tons of steel and 3,826,000
      bricks held together by 391,881 rivets _ is "dedicated to world
      commerce and industry," wrote its builder, auto industry mogul
      Walter Chrysler.

      The new 37-cent Chrysler Building stamp may be purchased at
      any post office, but only as part of a sheet of a dozen stamps,
      each bearing the image of a different American work of
      architecture. Stamps in the series include two other New York
      buildings _ the Guggenheim Museum and the TWA Terminal at
      Kennedy Airport.

      The Chrysler Building stamp is based on a photograph taken by
      the late Margaret Bourke-White, whose studio was in the
      landmark building.

      Tishman Speyer Properties, which co-owns the building with
      TMW Real Estate, has modernized the high-rise at Lexington
      Avenue and 42nd Street that's worth hundreds of millions of
      dollars. But the elevator cabs retain their intricate woodwork in
      ebony, Japanese ash, Cuban plum and Oriental walnut.

      The basic design by Brooklyn-born architect William Van Alen
      also remains intact _ an homage to America's first automobiles.
      The mammoth steel wings jutting out from the 31st floor and the
      eight eagle gargoyles outside the 61st floor are stylized
      renditions of 1929 Chrysler hood ornaments, while the exterior
      surface bears hubcap patterns.

      The building is inhabited up to the 71st floor, where the stainless
      steel spire rises into the sky another half dozen stories.

      The spire was born of Walter Chrysler's ambition to beat a
      skyscraper at 40 Wall Street as the world's tallest.

      On the eve of his building's opening, the five pieces of the spire
      were secretly hoisted to the 65th floor, assembled and raised
      through the dome _ creating the world's tallest building at 1,046
      feet.

      The Chrysler held that distinction for only about a year, until the
      Empire State Building rose in 1931, a whopping 204 feet higher.
      While the lobby and atrium of the Chrysler are open to the public,
      the rest of the building's 1.99 million square feet have been
      off-limits since the 1940s except to its exclusive tenants, who
      include financial and legal firms, as well as a dentist.

      Copyright 2005 Newsday Inc.
    • nutsaboutclara
      What a remarkable achievement for a building that s exactly three- quarters of a century and one day old! -Dario.
      Message 2 of 2 , May 28, 2005
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        What a remarkable achievement for a building that's exactly three-
        quarters of a century and one day old!

        -Dario.


        --- In thenewcovenoflouisebrooks@yahoogroups.com, olive_e_thomas
        <no_reply@y...> wrote:
        > With steel wings and gargoyle eagles, the Chrysler Building
        > turns 75
        >
        > By VERENA DOBNIK
        > Associated Press Writer
        >
        > May 27, 2005, 10:07 PM EDT
        >
        > NEW YORK -- The Chrysler Building's spire was secretly
        > installed 75 years ago in the Manhattan night, becoming the
        > world's tallest edifice and an Art Deco monument to America's
        > private wealth and its jazz age.
        >
        > On Friday, the anniversary of its opening on May 27, 1930, the
        > 77-story high-rise was honored publicly _ with a U.S. postage
        > stamp unveiled in its lavish marble lobby.
        >
        > The building _ made of 20,961 tons of steel and 3,826,000
        > bricks held together by 391,881 rivets _ is "dedicated to world
        > commerce and industry," wrote its builder, auto industry mogul
        > Walter Chrysler.
        >
        > The new 37-cent Chrysler Building stamp may be purchased at
        > any post office, but only as part of a sheet of a dozen stamps,
        > each bearing the image of a different American work of
        > architecture. Stamps in the series include two other New York
        > buildings _ the Guggenheim Museum and the TWA Terminal at
        > Kennedy Airport.
        >
        > The Chrysler Building stamp is based on a photograph taken by
        > the late Margaret Bourke-White, whose studio was in the
        > landmark building.
        >
        > Tishman Speyer Properties, which co-owns the building with
        > TMW Real Estate, has modernized the high-rise at Lexington
        > Avenue and 42nd Street that's worth hundreds of millions of
        > dollars. But the elevator cabs retain their intricate woodwork in
        > ebony, Japanese ash, Cuban plum and Oriental walnut.
        >
        > The basic design by Brooklyn-born architect William Van Alen
        > also remains intact _ an homage to America's first automobiles.
        > The mammoth steel wings jutting out from the 31st floor and the
        > eight eagle gargoyles outside the 61st floor are stylized
        > renditions of 1929 Chrysler hood ornaments, while the exterior
        > surface bears hubcap patterns.
        >
        > The building is inhabited up to the 71st floor, where the stainless
        > steel spire rises into the sky another half dozen stories.
        >
        > The spire was born of Walter Chrysler's ambition to beat a
        > skyscraper at 40 Wall Street as the world's tallest.
        >
        > On the eve of his building's opening, the five pieces of the spire
        > were secretly hoisted to the 65th floor, assembled and raised
        > through the dome _ creating the world's tallest building at 1,046
        > feet.
        >
        > The Chrysler held that distinction for only about a year, until the
        > Empire State Building rose in 1931, a whopping 204 feet higher.
        > While the lobby and atrium of the Chrysler are open to the public,
        > the rest of the building's 1.99 million square feet have been
        > off-limits since the 1940s except to its exclusive tenants, who
        > include financial and legal firms, as well as a dentist.
        >
        > Copyright 2005 Newsday Inc.
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