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Metropolitan Life North Building

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Identification

Metropolitan Life North Building
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company North Building
115331

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
rigid frame
steel
limestone
marble
curtain wall
light gray
art deco

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • The current office block was once intended to be the base of a mammoth high-rise, but Corbett's longed-for skyscraper was never built.
  • Lured to the project by the client's offer of a high salary and the chance to build a mile-high tower of steel, stone and glass, the, Columbia University-educated architect Harvey Wiley Corbett left his position on the Rockefeller Center design team in order to take up this project in 1928.
  • While construction of this steel-framed structure proceeded through the Depression, the crash of 1929 ultimately reduced the scope of the project.
  • Clad in Alabama limestone with marble details and richly appointed marble lobbies, the vertically striated surfaces and streamlined undulating masses of this Art Deco building give it a slick if somewhat sinister appearance.
  • Was finally completed in 1950 after three stages of construction.

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Location

11-25 Madison Avenue
330-342 Park Avenue South, 1-35 East 24th Street
38-60 East 25th Street
25 Madison Avenue, 324 Park Avenue South, 25 East 24th Street to East 25th
10010
Midtown South
Manhattan
New York City
New York
U.S.A.

Technical Data

451.01 ft
451.01 ft
451.01 ft
30
1931
1933

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