Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 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.