This History Channel production, part of the "Modern Marvels" series, features the Chrysler Building in New York City. The Modern Marvels series is generally good and this segment is a good example of showing both the history and the "nuts and bolts" aspect of a subject.
The Chrysler Building started as a concept in the 1920's by architect William van Alen who was not known for designing large buildings. When Walter Chrysler, the auto tycoon and founder of Chrysler Corp., bought the project, van Alen was given free reign to design the tallest and most ornate building in the world. The DVD points out the competition with the architects of the Manhattan Bank building, also under construction at the same time, for the tallest building in the world - a competition the Chrysler Building would win and hold for only 11 months.
The DVD does an excellent job of explaining the construction challenges and techniques as well as show the viewer the beauty of the building's art deco decoration. I enjoyed the footage of the brick work, the stainless steel work as well as the wood and stainless trim, the ceiling and wall murals. The stainless steel eagles, "radiator caps" and "pineapples" are really amazing! Buildings of today are so generic and bland whereas the Chrysler Building was created by men who were more than simply workmen - they were craftsmen with marvelous skills!
This is really a very good DVD about a New York landmark that stands as American art and architecture pinnacle. I recommend this DVD with five stars.