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Re: Happy 75th birthday to the Chrysler Building!

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  • nutsaboutclara
    What a remarkable achievement for a building that s exactly three- quarters of a century and one day old! -Dario.
    Message 1 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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