Walk the High Steel

In what may be either the best or worst six and a half minutes of your day, Aeon presents a dizzying compilation of newsreel footage from 1929 and 1930 highlighting the high-steel construction of the 1,047-foot-tall Chrysler Building in Midtown. Among the film’s more gut-tightening scenes: a moment of easygoing banter between two precariously perched steelworkers (“Quite a height, ah?”) and the fitting of an Art Deco eagle at the building’s 61st floor.

 


This sharable snippet comes from the May 11 edition of Corcoran’s Home/Office e-newsletter.