In November 1929, the stainless steel and terraced dome of the world's tallest building was installed in a matter of minutes -- 90 to be exact. The Art Deco crown was Walter Chrysler's signature, the building a testament to his children as much as to his automobile company. Today, the Chrysler Building is one of the most recognizable icons of New York City; the Chrysler name, a symbol of American automotive ingenuity. And the Chrysler story is one of humble beginnings in the best American tradition. Walter Chrysler was born in Wamego, Kan., on April 2, 1875. The family moved to Ellis, Kan., where Chrysler grew up. His father was an engineer for Union Pacific; his mother a housewife who raised her kids with a firm hand and an eye for thrift.