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A young William Van Alen

Courtesy of Christopher Gray

H. Craig Severance

Courtesy of George C.S. Hackl

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Richmond Shreve, William Lamb, and Arthur Loomis Harmon in their architectural office

Courtesy of the Shreve family

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Early sketches of the Reynolds Building by William Van Alen

General Research Division, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lennox, and Tilden Foundations

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Stages in the design of the Chrysler Building by William Van Alen

General Research Division, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lennox, and Tilden Foundations

Walter Chrysler

Baldwin H. Ward and Kathryn C. Ward/ CORBIS

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George Ohrstrom

Courtesy of Maggie Ohrstrom Bryant

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John Jakob Raskob

Hulton-Deutsch Collection/ CORBIS

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Foundation work on the Chrysler Building (March 13, 1929)

Photograph by Peyser & Patzig. Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press/David Stravitz

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The steelwork underneath the Manhattan Company Building. Courtesy of Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York

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Bucker-up and Gunman

Courtesy of Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York

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Riding the Ball

Courtesy of Avery Architec-tural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York

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Paul Starrett

General Research Division, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lennox, and Tilden Foundations

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William Starrett

General Research Division, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lennox, and Tilden Foundations

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Jack Reilly, intrepid photographer, perched from the 72nd story of the Manhattan Company Building on the day after the steel work was completed on November 13, 1929

Bettmann/CORBIS

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The day the vertex was raised atop the Chrysler Building to win the skyscraper race—temporarily Photograph by Peyser & Patzig. Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press/ David Stravitz

William Van Alen, dressed as the Chrysler Building, and his wife at the Beaux Arts Ball in 1931 Bettmann/CORBIS

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Derrick raising one of the five sections of the vertex up the side of the Chrysler Building

Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University (Charles River Collection)

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Top of the Chrysler Building’s Nirosta-sheathed dome

Photograph by Margaret Bourke-White (January 1, 1931) Margaret Bourke-White/ TimePix

Life magazine photographer Margaret Bourke-White focusing her camera from her perch atop the eagle gargoyle on the Chrysler Building (January 1, 1935) Oscar Graubner/ TimePix

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View of the Empire State Building in mid-construction through the window of the Chrysler Building

Courtesy of Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York

The Empire State on November 18, 1930, nearing completion

Courtesy of Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York

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Alfred Smith and his grandchildren at the opening of the Empire State Building (May 1, 1931)

Bettmann/ CORBIS

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