Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Cloud Club

Today, in 1930, the Chrysler building officially opened. The Cloud Club - the "speakeasy" on the top floors - wouldn't open until July but, obviously, much of it had already been built by the time the building opened. It's a bit of a misnomer to call it a speakeasy, since it was actually a very high-end men's only private club, replete with a dining room, barber shop, stock-ticker room and humidor in addition to a well-stocked liquor cabinet for its members to use. It closed in 1979.