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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

213.36 m
213.36 m
200.26 m
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
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