Built in the second line from the seafront, the Gloria Mansions was completed in 1934 by the architect Garabed Hovnanian.
The building belongs to the "pied-à-terre" typology, which was very numerous in Nice from 1930 onwards. They can also be referred to as "apartment hotels". Alternatives to the traveler's hotel, these buildings include studios or two rooms with kitchen. They usually do not have a restaurant or lounge but only a breakfast area in some cases. The Gloria Mansions is distinguished by the quality of the apartments, some of which have stained glass windows and large terraces. The common areas also display luxurious art deco ornamentation around the grand spiral staircase. Mother-of-pearl inclusions in the cement make the facades sparkle. Also known as the Gloria building, the building refers, by its eagles on the corner, to the Chrysler building in New York.