The distinctive Chrysler Building reaches an impressive 1,047 feet high. It earned the title as the world's tallest building when it was completed in 1930 until the Empire State Building surpassed it a year later.
The headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation from 1930 until the mid-1950s, and built and designed specifically for the car manufacturer, the corporation didn't pay for the construction and never owned the building, as Walter P. Chrysler paid for it himself so his children could inherit it.
In 2007, the Chrysler Building was ranked ninth on the "List of America's Favorite Architecture" by the American Institute of Architects. A classic example of Art Deco architecture, the building dons gargoyles that depict Chrysler car ornaments with a spire modeled on a radiator grille. Inside, the marble floors and many Art Deco patterns make the Chrysler Building one of New York's most beautiful office towers.