Is the Chrysler Building About to Become a Cool Art Deco Hotel?

Here’s what we know so far.

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You know it as one of the most famous buildings in the world, but rumor has it that the Chrysler Building could also become NYC’s coolest hotel. Measuring in at 1,046 feet, it’s one of the city’s tallest structures and a bastion of Art Deco design. Following a recent sale, however, it could also be a lot more: Bloomberg reports that the skyscraper’s new owners are considering turning it into a hotel.

While these plans are strictly hypothetical, we can’t help but wonder what a hospitality-driven Chrysler building might look like. Since its completion in 1930, the skyscraper has been one of NYC’s most iconic structures, used to represent the city in drawings of the skyline and in a bevy of pop culture moments. We’re sure that if it does end up being a hotel, it’ll become one of the city’s most sought-after destinations. After all, how much would you pay to stay in a historic building?

One of the most striking things about the Chrysler building—aside from its height—is its Art Deco style. From the exterior’s V-shaped lighting inserts on the building’s crown to the ornate red Moroccan marble walls that make up the lobby, the whole skyscraper is a study in 1920s design. And while not everyone will be able to make it to this hypothetical hotel, one way we can capture the opulence of the Chrysler building is to infuse our own homes with a bit of Art Deco. These luxe finds make it easy.

Choose a sculptural candlestick to add an extra bit of edge to your mantel.

Channeling the luxury and geometric style of the era, this tufted sofa is equally suited for gathering friends for a casual cocktail hour or cozy movie nights.

A statement-making armchair doesn’t have to feature a bold hue or plush materials—sometimes, a bold silhouette says it all.

Deco design meets multipurpose function in this chic little wire basket.

Australian brand SP01 is a go-to for Art Deco finds, and this combination marble-glass coffee table is one of our favorite elevated items from the label.

If you’re willing to splurge, take the plunge with a brass chandelier that will make any entry, dining room, or living room feel seriously luxe.

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Elly Leavitt

Writer and Editor

Elly enjoys covering anything from travel to funky design (tubular furniture, anyone?) to the latest cultural trend. Her dream apartment would exist on the Upper West Side and include a plethora of mismatched antique chairs, ceramic vessels, and floor-to-ceiling bookcases—essential to her goal of becoming a poor man’s Nora Ephron. You can probably find her in line at Trader Joe’s. You will never find her at SoulCycle.