I have always loved the Chrysler Building. It’s hard not to. The building’s iconic profile, contemplative eagle gargoyles, and shimmering exuberance are certainly a monument to the indomitable spirit of the jazz age in New York.
But you don’t have to be an art historian or even know anything about architecture or design to appreciate and be moved by this gem of a building. It is always striking to the eye, from every angle in every season, both near and far. And after decades of contemplation, I still can’t decide if it’s more spectacular with its illuminated crown at night, or with its spires gleaming in the first rays of the rising morning sun. To be able to capture the imagination of architects, artists, photographers and writers, as well as generations of people the world over, in an iconic design is no small feat. Well done William Van Alen and Walter Chrysler!
-- Andre Kikoski AIA, LEED AP, received his Master's degree in Architecture at Harvard University, where he earned Distinctions for Innovation in Design and Technology. Prior to founding his firm, Andre Kikoski Architect, Andre trained in the offices of I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, and Peter Eisenman.