It’s sometimes better to pretend I don’t hear the sound of somebody in the nearby woods with a shotgun.
– Dashiell Hammett
The magnificent lobby of the Chrysler Building – faced with rare marbles, aglitter with decorative metalwork, and surmounted by a ceiling painted with a totemic image of the tower itself – leads to elevator cabs inlaid with exotic woods in fanciful patterns. The entire route from street to office is invested with ceremony, dignity, and delight.
– Martin Filler