is proud to exhibit a selection of 25 exhibition quality prints
from his book, "The Chrysler Building - "Creating
a New York Icon, Day By Day". These exquisite large format
silver gelatin prints were personally printed by him. They range
in size from 16x20 to 40x50 in an open edition. The Chrysler
Building steel was supplied by Bethlehem Steel from beginning
construction in 1928 through it's final assembly of the controversial
185 foot secret spire rising like a butterfly in 90 seconds
in November of 1929, just a few weeks after the stock market
crash. For six months, Chrysler reined as the worlds tallest
skyscraper at 1046 feet 4-3/4" above Lexington Avenue.
While no longer the tallest, it reins today as the undisputed
worlds greatest skyscraper. There will be a book signing, as
well as Power Point visual presentations and discussions.
The Chrysler Building is surely the jewel in the crown of New
York City's skyline. Completed in 1930, the 77-story Art Deco
skyscraper--the tallest in the world at the time it was finished--quickly
became the symbol of big city glamour, excitement, and style.
Its cloud-piercing spire and gleaming, steel-clad ornament depicting
gargoyles, hubcaps, and the winged helmets of Mercury came to
represent the thrill of the Machine Age at its most exuberant.
now, this magnificent building has also been one of the least
documented and studied, a simple result of the fact that there
were no known archives relating to its design or construction.
This material was lost in the decades following its completion,
or so everyone believed, until author David Stravitz discovered
a box of negatives on the floor of a defunct stock photo company,
just days before they were to be shipped off for silver reclamation.
The never-before-seen photographs, reproduced as sumptuous duotones
in this oversize book, illustrate the day-by-day construction
of this American icon.
were taken by professional photo companies hired to document
the construction of the building. In so doing, they also captured
the day-to-day life taking place on the streets and in the environs
of the Chrysler Building in exquisite detail. <p>This
book beautifully illustrates the history of one of the most
important buildings in New York as it emerged from street level
David Stravitz is an entrepreneur and a photography aficionado.
He lives in New York City.
Gray is an architectural historian and a preeminent authority
on New York City whose writing appears frequently in the New