The Chrysler Building
William Van Alen
New York City, 1930

The Chrysler Building became the tallest man made structure in the world when it was completed in May of 1930. It was clearly a break from the past in several ways: the use of stainless steel for the sunburst tower, the high-speed elevators and above all its sheer height and presence. Yet, the Chrysler Building still used the traditional brick cladding and the now conventional tower shape. It marked the beginning of the craze for height and style.