New York —

It is an attempt to rescue the glory days of the almost centennial Art Deco style skyscraper

Chrysler Tower, 405 Lexington Av

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Although there is no opening date, The nearly 100-year-old famous Art Deco iconic skyscraper “Chrysler” will have a brand new lookout on the 61st floor.

The Preservation Commission of Historical Monuments (LPC) unanimously approved the proposal of the building’s owner, RFR Realty, to create a glass-walled observation deck which will be open to the public.

Along with architecture firm Gensler, RFR presented viewpoint visualizations and details of its plans Tuesday at a video conference meeting with LPC, the New York Post reported.

The building, located in 405 Lexington Av between 42nd and 43rd streets, it has 77 floors. The roof will be located on terraces surrounding the floor 61, just above the iconographic eagles silver plated protruding from the tower at each corner.

A contacted RFR representative declined to comment on a terrace schedule.

Everything is part of a back to the glory days from the Chrysler. The tower once had the Cloud Club on its floors 66 to 68, which opened in 1930 as a speakeasy in the era of alcohol prohibition.

When this tower was opened in 1928 it was the tallest building in the world, but only for 11 months, as it was dethroned by the Empire State Building.

RFR bought the famous building in front of the Grand Central railway terminal in March 2019 for $ 150 million dollars, a very low price for a skyscraper. The previous majority owner, the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, paid $ 800 million for it in 2008.

“I see the building as a sleeping beauty: it needs to be awakened and revitalized”, RFR co-founder German Aby Rosen said last year in an exclusive interview, hinting that he expected resurrect a version of the Cloud Club private party palace.

Rosen also said that she wanted to bring back a observation deck. The last one, called Celestial, closed in 1945 after some 15 years of operation on the 71st floor. It has also expressed interest in opening restaurants, retail stores and a food hall.

During the LPC meeting on Tuesday, RFR and Gensler described how the restoration and creation of the observation deck would add 8 foot tall glass panels on the south and north terraces, they would modify existing doors to make them accessible to the public, and remove and replace windows.

To gain the support of the commissioners, RFR and Gensler strove to demonstrate that the glass walls of the observation deck would be virtually invisible from street level.

When the building was sold last year, it was said that it could go from being an old office tower to a modern luxury hotel. But there was no more news about it.

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