Chrysler Building was the first man-made structure to stand taller than 1,000 feet (305 meters). At 1,046 feet (318.9 m), the structure was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931.
Today, it is the tallest brick building in the world, with a steel structure.
It was headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation from 1930 until mid-1950s. Although the building was built and designed specifically for the car manufacturer, the corporation did not pay for the construction and never owned it, as Walter P. Chrysler decided to pay for it himself, so that his children could inherit it.
The Chrysler Building is a classic example of Art Deco architecture and considered by many contemporary architects to be one of the finest buildings in New York City. In 2007, it was ranked ninth on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects