1930: New York has opened her stunning new 78-storey structure to the public.
The Chrysler Building, which was completed in 1929, is the tallest building in the world—higher than the Eiffel Tower —rising 1,030 feet above the street.
A “vortex” on top of the building adds 185 feet to the height of the structure.
The feat arose out of a contest between the two architects, William Van Alen and H. Craig Severance, former partners, who later separated.
Van Alen was given the commission for the Chrysler building, and his former colleague was given the Bank of Manhattan contract.
The employees of both firms began betting on which building would be the highest.
The Woolworth building on Broadway, hitherto the tallest in the world, is 792 feet in height.