LPC to Review Proposal for an Observation Deck at the Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building. Photo by Michael YoungThe Chrysler Building. Photo by Michael Young

Proposals to construct a new observation deck on the upper floors of the Chrysler Building have arrived for review by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. As promised by Aby Rosen, co-founder of RFR Holding and part-owner of the Midtown East icon, these plans comprise just one phase of his vision to invigorate interior spaces of the landmark at 405 Lexington Avenue with new restaurants, a food hall, and retail spaces.

Designed by Gensler, the observation deck would be constructed on the 61st floor. The existing terraces at this level are located on both the north- and south-facing elevations. Proposed modifications include replacement of existing terrace doors with new power-operated entryways with widened frames to accommodate wheelchair access. The illustrations also reveal the installation of 13 glass panels spanning just over 51 feet wide at the edge of the terraces. Described as a glass screen, the panels will stand approximately seven feet tall and will align with the top of the terrace windows.

East-West View of existing terrace (left) and proposed glass screen (right) - RFR Holding; Gensler

East-West View of existing terrace (left) and proposed glass screen (right) – RFR Holding; Gensler

North-South view of existing terrace (left) and proposed glass screen (right) - RFR Holding; Gensler

North-South view of existing terrace (left) and proposed glass screen (right) – RFR Holding; Gensler

Existing double-hung windows on the 61st and 62nd floors will be replaced with single-lite hinged windows. The existing exterior trim, however, will not be altered.

Renderings of the proposed structure from several vantage points depict minimum visibility of the observation deck from street level.

Street view from third avenue, one block east - RFR Holding; Gensler

Street view from third avenue, one block east – RFR Holding; Gensler

Street view from East 46th Street, three blocks north - RFR Holding; Gensler

Street view from East 46th Street, three blocks north – RFR Holding; Gensler

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12 Comments on "LPC to Review Proposal for an Observation Deck at the Chrysler Building"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | May 19, 2020 at 7:09 am | Reply

    The structure will stand on its height for the ages, when you look into territorial sky; that brand on famous skyscrapers: Thank you.

  2. What a nice surprise!

  3. David in Bushwick | May 19, 2020 at 10:13 am | Reply

    With all the observation decks, this one should have a swanky bar. Too bad you can’t go to the top.

  4. Bravo!

    Looking forward to my next NYC visit (when SAFE), and will add to must do list! Hope they do add a bar or cafe to this floor?

  5. Looking up at the Chrysler Building will always beat looking out from the Chrysler Building.

  6. JOSEPH KOROM | May 19, 2020 at 2:50 pm | Reply

    Wait a minute. On the street view looking east right photo) what is that “piece” pushing out from the building’s wall? The other image (right photo) reveals vertical “silver walls” – changing the fenestration patterns, what are these? The Chrysler should be allowed to grow old gracefully and without these planned “tourist traps”.

  7. Bruce New York | May 19, 2020 at 6:29 pm | Reply

    I was hoping they were going to restore the “Cloud Room” inside of the spire with the celestial murals and light fixtures, but at least this will bring a new vantage point which was previously inaccessible to the public.

  8. Is that also going to be done non union. All work being done by RFR in the building and in other RFR buildings is being done non union.

  9. Elevator girl | May 23, 2020 at 9:56 am | Reply

    Interested in seeing one day. I believe this job will take skill, imagination to make this work.

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