The Chrysler Building at 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue is one of New York’s most spectacular and beloved landmarks. The striking skyscraper is easily identified by its gleaming, terraced crown — a marvel of Art Deco design. Today, at 77 stories, it is the fourth-tallest building in the city.
But behind the tower is a tale of bitter rivalry, thwarted ambition and deception.
In 1929, 2 architects — former partners — became archrivals, when they found themselves in charge of competing projects. The task? Build the tallest building in the world.
The Chrysler Building came out on top, but how? Find out in an all-new episode of Monumental Mysteries tonight at 9|8c. Until then, learn more about the monuments featured in tonight’s show and throughout the season.