Since Chrysler is back in the news with the announcement that 25% of their dealerships are about to close, I thought I’d do a follow-up post on the Chrysler Building, so you can gauge how precipitous their fall has been.
Once again, I wanted to stay away from pics of the spire that you’re already familiar with, so I took a few lobby shots. Are you ready for some beautiful examples of 1930s-era design? Click on each for a detailed study.
Here’s the signage above the revolving doors that lead out to 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Like the outdoor Lexington Avenue entrance shot I posted last week, these have needle-sharp flourishes. They’re polished silver steel and look both elegant and industrial.
The elevator doors have beautiful inlaid wood. The interiors are equally ornate but I couldn’t get past the security guard to get a shot. Before 9/11 you were free to stroll in an out of any building to study the design but now, everything is on lockdown. It’s a shame. The terrorists fucked up my shit.
Here’s a mural that stretches across the lobby ceiling. The depiction is of a slightly elongated, thinned-out Chrysler building painted to match the inlaid wood of the elevators. Studying it gives you a stiff neck but it’s worth it.
This is the lobby. I’m not crazy about how this shot turned out—the lighting is all wrong—but I thought I’d post it anyway.
thank you – the inlaid wood on the elevator doors and ceiling? breathtaking!
Daisy: Actually, the ceiling is just painted to look like inlaid wood.
Wheeeewwwwhew. Gorgeous. My M in law used to work in that building. She never talked about how cool it was!
People continue living their lives at evermore breakneck pace.Do you think that many truly recognize and appreciate that they are living through the end of an era?Yeah, I doubt it too.Great pics!
The doors are amazing.
WOW! I love that last picture of the lobby? It’s like you’re standing in the sun.
I want to live in a house like this!!! (Art appreciation for me always seems to include an unhealthy dose of “I want it!”)