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Metropolitan Life Tower

Identification

Metropolitan Life Tower
Met Life Tower, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower
New York Edition Hotel
115458

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [under renovation]
rigid frame
steel
limestone
applied masonry
light gray
renaissance revival

Usages

hotel

Facts

  • The building is graced with an enormous clock on each of its four sides.
  • 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 tower was stripped of its ornamental details during an aggressive remodeling campaign in the 1960s.
  • World's tallest building from 1909 - 1913; surpassed by the Woolworth Building.
  • The building's traditional appearance belied state-of-the-art technology systems which included high speed elevators.
  • The tower is undergoing conversion to the New York Edition Hotel. Opening is due in 2015.
  • The world headquarters of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company until 2005.
  • During the remodeling in 1960, the marble cladding was replaced by limestone.

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Location

1 Madison Avenue
10010
Midtown South
Manhattan
New York City
New York
U.S.A.

Technical Data

700.00 ft
700.00 ft
657.02 ft
50
1907
1909
2015
2002

Involved Companies

construction company, general contractor, lighting consultant, owner, structural engineering

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • Clock(s) displayed on the outside
  • Floodlighting at night