3. There Was Once a Water Bottling Plant in the Basement

Photo from Library of Congress

One spot that didn’t make the book The Chrysler Building: Creating a New York Icon Day by Day was the water bottling plant, labeled in an old film negative as the “hydrozone water bottling” unit. Author David Stravitz says, “Tap water was filtered through an intricate system and then bottled for water coolers to be distributed to tenants in the building. The large room was magnificent, with faulous tiling throughout. Quite exotic for a space most people never saw.”