The Chrysler Building may be nearly twice as tall and built over 60 years earlier, but hey, it’s got to compete with all those other towers in New York City. Louisville’s Art-Deco skyscraper checking in at around 550 feet tall and completed in 1993 occupies a prime spot in the center of town. While the Chrysler Building brings to mind classic references of the golden era of automotive design, many smart alec’s here claim the Aegon Center brings to mind phallic references. Still, as Kentucky’s tallest building (holding strong until Museum Plaza gets its act together), the 35-story granite edifice is by far Louisville’s classiest building.
Designed by John Burgee and Philip Johnson, Aegon’s simplicity of form and richness in detail set it apart from the other big-box skyscrapers popular in previous eras. The Chrysler was designed by William van Allen and was recently named the 9th favorite building of the American public in the nation.
To better understand which building is truly the greatest Art-Deco landmark, we’re opening up the polls for you to decide. We’ve placed the two towers heads up at the polling station on the right and now you must determine the winner of the first ever Broken Sidewalk Battle of the Buildings. Which do you believe deserves this prestigious title? Vote now, this poll will be open for one week!
- Aegon Center (Wikipedia)
- Chrysler Building (Wikipedia)
- Chrysler Building Photos (NY Architecture)