William Van Alen (Architecture, Alumnus)

The Chrysler Building (1930)
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"There, in one building, is all of New York's height and fantasy in a single gesture," wrote New York Times architectural critic Paul Goldberger. With its shining curvilinear surfaces, zigzag ornamentation, and tapering spire, the Chrysler Building is an unmistakable New York landmark. Goldberger featured America's most prominent example of Art Deco archtiecture and corporate power on the cover of his latest book, Why Architecture Matters.