When completed in 1930 the most admired Chrysler Building
was one of the most recognizable built expressions of the
myth of modern luxury already embodied in the sumptuous
and innovative 1930s classic cars. After more than 80 years
the Chrysler Building is still the highest steel-supported brick
building in the world. The light and dark grey bricks, more
abundant in the lower and middle levels, let the "Nirosta"
stainless steel to become the main cladding material as it
rose toward the secretly constructed 125 feet-long steel spire.