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

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1
    If we're lucky the original intact facade remains hidden beneath that crud green glass -- and will some day be restored.
    Sorry, Lofter, they stripped it to the bones. But I suppose it could be rebuilt from scratch; they did that with Warsaw. It was one of a trio of similar hotels that made a quartet with the Yale Club.

    The whole area around Grand Central was once continuous 1920's townscape, much better than the present chaotic stylistic hodgepodge. There's much to be said for the consistency that comes from a gazillion repeated vertical window openings. Thematically, that's what held together the classic Lower Manhattan skyline before Chase Manhattan came along to start the spoiling of the show.

    Glass towers are mostly sheer, unarticulated and therefore relatively scaleless. That's why I often worry about new glass towers --no matter how seductively styled-- when they enter an intact traditional cityscape.
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    Wow. Looks like a lighthouse in the fog. Beautiful.

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    I'd like to see that ^ posted next to the O'Keefe painting of the radiator building at night!!!

    Awesome picture.

    People on this forum are, IMHO, often too ready to compliment some routine snapshots, but THAT picture (^^) is really excellent.
    Last edited by Luca; October 23rd, 2007 at 04:17 AM.

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    Stunning ^^^

    Very few buildings that will stop you dead in your tracks, eyes wide with wonder and amazement.

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    It's my favorite building, and I see it every day, but sometimes the light is hitting it in a certain way and I really do have to stop and take a moment to drink it in. There's something about the proportions and detailing of the crown that make it look like it's up in the heavens, in a way that most taller buildings can't match.
    Pure Metropolis.

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    ^ Irrational and beautiful.

    Perhaps beautiful because irrational.

    Irrationally proportioned, irrationally ornamented.

    Doubtless hard to make good money off this building.

    Unless all that irrational beauty lets them charge mega-premium rents.

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    i'm happy to say i can see it from my office window. unfortunately i'm in the office right now (saturday). on my way to work, i passed a family of irish tourists at the corner of sixth and 43rd. the mother pointed to the chrysler building and said "look - it's the empire state building." then the daughter pointed at the grace building and said "that building is even taller than the empire state building."

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    My ex's mother thought 500 5th was the esb once. Dont hold it against them!

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    That's so funny.
    I crack up sometimes at the things I overhear tourists saying on the streets.
    Am I the only one that sometimes gets the urge to lean in with a smile and correct 'em?

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    Quote Originally Posted by econ_tim View Post
    the mother pointed to the chrysler building and said "look - it's the empire state building."
    Happens all the time, even with New Yorkers who should know better....

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    I know its hard to understand from our point of view but most people dont look at pictures of skyscrapers everyday! those weirdos.

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    ^^^ Why not?

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    I give it a 9/10, seeing as it is one of the first skyscrapers to surpass 1000 feet.

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