Puzzle Pieces: 70 Maker: CubicFun Size When Completed:7 in x 7 in x 19.7 in / 18 cm x 18 cm x 50 cm
The Chrysler Building is located at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue and was designed by architect William Van Alen for the Chrysler Corporation. Construction began on September 19, 1928 at a time when there was much competition to build the world's tallest skyscraper. So much so, that in 1929 Walter Chrysler took part in a race with the Bank of Manhattan Trust Company at 40 Wall Street, to build the world's tallest skyscraper. The building was erected at a rate of 4 floors per week and the Chrysler building won the competition by raising a thin spire which was hidden in the roof thus making the Chrysler Building the world's tallest building upon its completion in 1930. It held this title for eleven months before being surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. The Chrysler Building also won the title of world's tallest brick building with approximately 3,826,000 white bricks, a title it still holds today.