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Thread: The Chrysler Building - 405 Lexington Avenue @ 42nd St - by William Van Alen

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    Default 10/10


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    I've been inside the building a few times as a friend of mine used to have his office there.

    I remember of course the lobby being spectacular and the new connection to the third avenue office building next door is quite interesting.

    My friend's office was quite nice and I didn't consider it "dingy" at all, I suppose it depends on what company's offices you're visiting. My friend's company had renovated their offices a few years prior and I didn't feel the floorplan to be too small. The only thing that perhaps I might consider dingy is the building's windows that seemed to be getting on the old side and could have used a replacement. My friend liked them though because they were operable. He was afraid that if the building were to replace the windows, the new ones might be single pane inopperable ones.

    The best part of the building I found was the art deco bathrooms that were simply amazing. I'm not usually a fan of restrooms but these were beautiful and either had been restored or kept in good shape as the tile and marble seemed brand new. It really felt like you were in the machine that was the office buildings of yesteryear when detail was paid to just about every aspect of the building. I couldn't find any penumatic mail chutes though

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    10!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Best building in the city, as for the office inside, well they are small based on floor size and footprint, but they didnt have trading floors and today's technology on there mind then.

    tenants interiior work is whatmakes it look good

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    Big 10

    42nd's Jewel !!!

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    I gave it a 10. Somebody gave the building a 1? LOL

    I cannot imagine New York without the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings.

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    An absolute beauty...



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    An absolute beauty...







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    This is all forgotten now but I remember in the 70´s.... maybe the late 70´s ...a plan was underway to remodel the lobby of the Chrysler Building. I remember that the architect chosen was a woman.... I remember her describing the lobby as looking like "Frankenstien´s castle"! She wanted to make it less ( in her opinion) "gloomy". I think it was New York Magazine that ran an article about the project with illustrations of the changes to come. They included raising the ceiling in the alcove where the elevators are and extending the wood paneling of the elevator doors upward. You have to remember that this building at one time was not as appreciated as it is today...

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    When you go into the Chrysler Building it is a bit of a surprise to see how intimate the scale of the lobby is.

    Glad they didn't to a renovation in the way you described ... especially considering it was the 70's ... Yikes, what that might have turned out to be!

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    Beautiful photos. Note on the second photo up....that jarring building in front of the Chrysler was once the beautiful Commodore Hotel ...until the idiot Donald Trump striped off it´s brick and limestone detailing and replaced it with that awful green reflective glass.... note how the glass billows outward....could it look any uglier or cheaper? A travesty.

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    I agree, it's really a disgusting shame.

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    If we're lucky the original intact facade remains hidden beneath that crud green glass -- and will some day be restored.

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    As I remember it, Trump had the building stripped down to it´s skeleton. BTW, The Commodore was in operation up until it´s facelift... it was not some abandoned building. If only someone with taste and creative vision like Ian Schrager had taken over...

    Interesting that on this post card of the Commodore, the Chrysler building has been air-brushed out, probably to place focus on the hotel... but you can imagine the grouping of Grand Central, the Commodore and the Chrysler... a classic NY city-scene:

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