Christmas in the City – The Chrysler Building


SPECIAL LIT EFFECT! Lit with LED lights.

 When ground breaking happened on September 19, 1928, there was competition in New York City to building the world’s largest Skyscraper. Built at a furious pace of four floors per week, several other rival buildings were going up at the same time. Because one was expected to finish taller – 40 Wall St – architect Van Alen planned the addition of the 125 spire. Constructed and delivered in segments, the spire was secretly added by pushing it up from the inside, thereby earning claim to the tallest building in the world. Remained the tallest building for nearly a year, until The Empire State building surpassed it.

Features: Special LED lighting, creating a spectacular glow at the top. Spotlights on the exterior as well as interior lighting illuminate the special chrome plating that enhances the famed terraced crown. Precise sculpting captures the art-deco eagle heads and wings that extend from the 4 corners.
Architect: William Van Alen for a project of Walter P. Chrysler. It was home to the Chrysler Corporation until the mid 50s.
Style: Art Deco, considered by many contemporary architects to be the finest example of Art Deco style.
Location: Manhattan, New York City, in the Turtle Bay area at 42nd St and Lexington Ave.
Fun facts: Completed: May 20, 1930 – First building built over 1000 ft. Still the tallest brick building in the world, constructed of approximately 3,826,000 bricks. National register of historic buildings in 1976. No workers died during construction.
Replacement Bulb: None, LED Lit

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Part of the Art & Architecture Series.The Chrysler building is the perfect statement piece for your Christmas in the City Department 56 collection. The Chrysler building is a sleek and shiny piece that will catch the eye of anyone entering your home at Christmas time! Special effect- lit with LED lights, no replacement bulbs necessary! Adapter included. Porcelain.

Their Story:

One Christmas evening, a group of friends set off to enjoy a dinner of celebration at a small country inn nestled in a quiet river town. As they rounded a bend in the road, they saw the small, old-fashioned village decorated for the holidays. The lights, like fairies, glowed and sparkled amid the freshly fallen snow. All evening, the conversation was full of Christmas memories and the visions the tiny town had evoked. Amidst the jovial banter and magical memories, the idea for a lighted Christmas village was born. That spark of an idea became a reality when, in 1976, Department 56 introduced a series of six hand-painted, ceramic buildings. The rest is history.

The company behind the villages.

Over thirty years ago, Department 56 began as part of Bachman’s, a premiere retail florist in Minneapolis. Bachman’s used a numbering system to identify each of its departments. The number assigned to wholesale gift imports division was, you guessed it, 56.

Now headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Department 56 has become a leader in the giftware, collectibles and holiday decorating industry and is best known for our hand-crafted lighted villages, figurines and extensive lines of holiday and home decorative products.

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Dimensions 5.5 x 6 x 23 in