May 30, 2005
Chrysler celebrates 75 years of a New York landmark
New York, New York – The Chrysler Building, New York City’s distinctive Art Deco skyscraper, celebrates its 75th birthday this week with the Art Deco Society gala, sponsored by DaimlerChrysler.
The building, owned by Tishman Speyer Properties, was commissioned by Chrysler Corporation founder Walter P. Chrysler and was formally opened on May 27, 1930. Chrysler built the skyscraper as a family business, independent of the auto industry, although he kept a personal office in the building. He took a direct role in the building’s radical design and engineering, including the signature cap, which incorporates styling cues from Chrysler vehicles of the day. The construction was also performed under strict new safety rules instigated in part by Chrysler and was the safest high-rise project in the city at that time.
The building has undergone extensive renovations, beginning in 1998, with preservation of the classic features, repair of the fa