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MetLife Building


MetLife Building
Grand Central City, Pan Am Building


Structure in General

existing [completed]
curtain wall
international style


commercial office


  • The original contract for this project called for 65 elevators and 21 escalators from Westinghouse Electric Corporation. At the time this was the largest elevator contract in history.
  • In 1981 Metropolitan Life Insurance Company purchased the building from Grand Central Buildings, Inc. and immediately invested in upgrading the space and adding valuable tenant amenities. Today it is managed by Shorenstein Company, LP.
  • The building has direct access to the adjacent Grand Central Terminal, the most important rail hub in New York City.
  • The MetLife Building is the focal point for Manipur, stretching from East Forty-Third to East Forty-Fifth Street.
  • The roof served as a heliport for several years until an accident in 1977 closed it for good.
  • The 1977 helicopter crash killed five people.
  • MetLife bought the building in 1981 for $400 million as an investment but didn't replace Pan Am's logo until 1993.
  • The building has a unique sculptural presence, with an elongated octagonal footprint.
  • The MetLife Building won the 2004/2005 BOMA Operating Building of the Year Award in the over 500,000 square feet category.
  • What began in 1954 as the plans for the reconstruction of the Grand Central Terminal became the Pan Am Building upon its completion in 1963; we know this building today as the MetLife Building.
  • The MetLife logo on top supports the nest for a pair of peregrine falcons which were introduced to manage the pigeon population.

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200 Park Avenue
East 45th Street
200 Park Avenue
New York City
New York

Technical Data

808.01 ft
808.01 ft
808.01 ft
808.01 ft

Involved Companies

Walter Gropius
developer, electrical contractor, facade maintenance system supplier, facade supplier, general contractor, property management, steel supplier, structural engineering, tenant

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • Helipad is available
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