The Chrysler Building: Celebrating a New York Icon


The Chrysler Building (detail) via wiki commons

The Chrysler Building (detail) via wiki commons

The Art Deco Society of New York celebrates the 85th anniversary of the jewel in the crown of New York City’s skyline: the Chrysler Building.

David Stravitz, author of The Chrysler Building: Creating a New York Icon Day by Day (2002), will show us never-before-seen photos that show this American icon in exquisite detail and discuss how this Deco skyscraper quickly became the symbol of big city glamour, excitement and style. Its cloud-piercing spire and gleaming, steel-clad ornamentation depicting gargoyles, hubcaps and the winged helmets of Mercury, came to represent the thrill of the Machine Age at its most exuberant. 

After David’s captivating illustrated talk, ADSNY invites you to partake in our festive holiday celebration featuring seasonal treats and refreshments.

This event is ticketed. $35 to Art Deco members, $50 for the general public.

FREE to Cooper Union students and faculty but advanced registration is required. Email your name and the event to to RSVP.


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.