Designated a National Historic Landmark
of New York City on 12/8/1976.
This extraordinary Art Moderne skyscraper, designed by William Van Alen, was built in 1928-1930 for Walter Chrysler, who dedicated it to "world commerce and industry." Until the Empire State building was completed a few blocks away, the Chrysler was for several months the world's tallest building. Noted for its machine age design and décor, it has gargoyles modeled on winged radiator caps, emblematic of the automobile that was the foundation of its builder's fortune. It is an enduring symbol of New York in the Roaring Twenties.
405 Lexington Avenue
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of Congress (LOC) Picture Collection
Unique in their scope and richness, the picture collections number
more than 14 million images. These include photographs, historical
prints, posters, cartoons, documentary drawings, fine prints, and
architectural and engineering designs. While international in scope,
the collections are particularly strong in materials documenting the
history of the United States and the lives, interests, and
achievements of the American people.
- National Park
Service - National Historic Landmarks Site
National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are nationally significant
historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because
they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or
interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, just over
2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. Working with
citizens throughout the nation, the National Historic Landmarks
Program draws upon the expertise of National Park Service staff who
guide the nomination process for new Landmarks and provide
assistance to existing Landmarks.
LOC Historic American Building Survey
The permanent collection of architectural, engineering and landscape
documentation at the Library of Congress consists of measured and
interpretive drawings, large-format black and white and color
photographs, written historical and descriptive data, and original
field notes. The collection captures the American experience through
approximately 40,000 recorded historic structures and sites, from
American Indian cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde to space-age
technology at Cape Canaveral.
LandmarkHunter.com is a database of historic or notable landmarks in
the United States, past and present.
Wikipedia - National Historic Landmarks in NYC
The free encyclopedia's directory of New York City's National
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and architecture, including places, people, things, photos and