Modern Marvels

Season 9 Episode 37

The Chrysler Building

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 10, 2002 on The History Channel
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The Chrysler Building
The 1,046-foot Chrysler Building in New York City, erected between 1928 and 1930, was the world's tallest edifice--until the Empire State Building eclipsed it in 1931! Since then, this Art Deco masterpiece has become one of the most beloved skyscrapers on the city skyline. Financed by auto tycoon Walter P. Chrysler and designed by architect William Van Alen, the private office building was constructed by more than 2,000 men. Find out why it was the first--and last--skyscraper Van Alen designed.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Walter P. Chrysler kept his car company headquarters in Michigan. He built the Chrysler Building as a separate venture for his sons.

      • Between 1929 and 1930, 2,400 men were involved in the construction of the Chrysler Building.

      • Eagle designer Chesley Bonestell became one of Hollywood's top special effects artists. He created "Xanadu" for the 1941 film Citizen Kane.

      • The Chrysler Building went into foreclosure in 1975 and was purchased for $35 million. Two decades later, new owners would buy it for more than $220 million.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: An icon of architectural brilliance, once the world's tallest building, unmistakable on the New York skyline, a tower of lights and stainless steel more than 1,000 feet high. Now: The Chrysler Building, on Modern Marvels

    • NOTES (3)

      • Commentators:

        Hugh Hardy
        Architect, Hardy Holzman Pfieffer Associates

        Eric Hammarberg
        Associate Director of Preservation, LZA Technology

        Neal Bascomb
        Author, Higher: Epic 1920s Skyscraper Race

        Frank B Rhodes, Jr
        Great-Grandson of Walter P. Chrysler

        Carol H. Krinsky
        Professor of Fine Arts, NYU

        David Stravitz
        Author, The Chrysler Building

        Christopher Gray
        Contributing Editor, The Chrysler Building

        Carol Willis
        Director, The Skyscraper Museum

        Vincent Curcio
        Author, Chrysler

        Donald Friedman
        Director of Preservation, LZA Technology

        Ron Miller
        Chesley Bonestell Biographer

      • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Nancy Oey
        Producer: Nancy Oey
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Editor: Andre Vaillancourt
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Kathlene Exner
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Hildie Katibah
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Production Coordinator: Michael Z Davis
        Assistant Production Coordinator: James Wiser
        Archivist: Nilda Pergola-Jensen
        Clearance Assistant: Gabe Martinez
        Assistant Editor: Jesse Kingsley
        Assistant Editor: Scott R. Martin
        Voice Over Coordinator: Anthony Lacques
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Assistant Production Accountant: Dennis Luciani
        Production Assistant: Shana Hilton
        Production Assistant: Mike Taylor
        Camera: Dylan S. O'Brien
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Marcus Pardo
        Animation: Glenn Takakjian
        Graphic Artist: Barry Hill
        Historical Consultant: Neal Bascomb
        Historical Consultant: Johann N. Schmidt
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll

        Special Thanks:
        Donald Friedman
        The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen
        Grand Hyatt New York
        Katharine Meyer
        The Municipal Art Society of New York
        Frank B. Rhodes, Jr
        David & Amy Stravitz
        Tishman Epeyer Properties
        Ed Koch, Partner in Law Firm Bryan Cave, LLP

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra

      • On August 15-19, 2005, The History Channel had a New York City week, where they had shows about New York. This was one of them. Ed Koch hosted three of them (Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building, and New York Bridges). David Dinkins hosted the other two (Statue of Liberty and The NYC Subway).

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