William Van Alen, Fred T. Ley and the Chrysler Building is the story of two high school dropouts, the architect William Van Alen and the builder from Springfield, Fred T. Ley who were brought together by a third, Walter P. Chrysler to create one of the most beautiful and famous buildings in New York City. Ley was the son of a cigar maker from Springfield who put together one of the largest construction companies in the U.S. during the first third of the 20th century. In addition to his work on the Chrysler Building, Ley’s contributions to the development of the greater Springfield area will also be addressed.
Presenter: George Kingston is a retired engineering manager and an author of historical biographies. He grew up in New York City and moved to East Longmeadow in 1975. He is a long time member of Sylvia Rosen's writing workshop at the Springfield JCC. This is George's second published book and he is also the author of numerous articles and historical pamphlets.