From 1930-1931, the Chrysler Building in New York City was the tallest building in the world until the Empire State Building took over the title in 1931. Walter Chrysler commissioned the building and dedicated it to “world commerce and industry.”
Designed by William Van Alen, the Chrysler Building is one of the most famous examples of the Art Deco style. Some notable features associated with the Art Deco style that can be seen on the Chrysler Building include simple, streamlined, geometric forms with an emphasis on becoming curvilinear.
The skyscraper’s tapering, four-sided dome featuring a repeated sunburst design was modeled on the radiator cap of the 1929 Chrysler car.
With the The National Historic Landmark program stated that the skyscraper “is an enduring symbol of New York in the Roaring Twenties.”