Metropolitan Life Tower
Structure in General
- Corresponding to the original office block, Napoleon LeBrun & Sons' 1909 office tower is based on the campanile (clock and bell tower) of Campanile di San Marco in Venice, Italy.
- The building is graced with an enormous clock on each of its four sides.
- World's tallest building from 1909 - 1913; surpassed by the Woolworth Building.
- The tower was stripped of its ornamental details during an aggressive remodeling campaign in the 1960s.
- The building's traditional appearance belied state-of-the-art technology systems which included high speed elevators.
- World headquarters of Met Life Insurance Company.
- During the remodeling in 1960, the marble cladding was replaced by limestone.
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construction company, general contractor, lighting consultant, owner, structural engineering, tenant
Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings
- City landmark
- Clock(s) displayed on the outside
- Floodlighting at night