At the corner of Lexington and 42nd Street stands one of the world’s most stunning architectural jewels. Built in 1930 by the romantic vision of William Van Alen to house the corporation for which it was named, the Chrysler Building is the finest skyscraper of the Art Deco Period. Gargoyles sit on the outside corners of the building much like hood ornaments on a car. In fact, many tease that the building is a prime example of architecture-for-advertising in that so many automotive motifs are utilized in the decoration of the building. Could ever a building better exemplify the outright verve of the era? The Chrysler Building is 77 stories tall and was the world’s tallest building until the completion of the Empire State Building in 1931.The Chrysler Building and the Chrysler Building Design and Image are trademarks of 405 Lexington, L.L.C. and are used under License by the owner.