Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

1 Madison Avenue

ARCHITECT: Napoleon Le Brun & Sons; Pierre Le Brun

DATE: 1907-09

STYLE: Skyscraper

Manhattan Skyscraper Stuyvesant Park

Designated: June 13, 1989

Built in 1907-09, the Metropolitan Life tower, was for four years after its completion, the tallest building in the world. The tower was extensively renovated (1960-64) by Lloyd Morgan & Eugene V. Meroni, Architects, successors to Leonard Schultze & Associates, who retained the tower’s major features–monumental clock faces, setback arcade, pyramidal spire, cupola, chime and lantern–as well as its original entasis.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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