Metropolitan Life Tower

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Height: To Tip
213.4 m / 700 ft
Height: Architectural
213.4 m / 700 ft
Metropolitan Life Tower Outline
Floors Above Ground
# of Hotel Rooms


Official Name Metropolitan Life Tower
Name of Complex Metropolitan Life Towers
Other Names The New York EDITION, New York Edition Hotel, Met Life Tower, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United States
City New York City
Street Address & Map 1 Madison Avenue
Postal Code 10010
Original Function office
Current Function hotel / office
Structural Material steel
Landmark Status national
Proposed 1905
Construction Start 1907
Completion 1909
Recladding 1961
Retrofit Start 2012
Retrofit End 2015
Official Website The New York EDITION
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Regional Ranking #190 Tallest in North America
City Ranking #65 Tallest in New York City

Companies Involved

• Current Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
• Past Africa Israel Investments Ltd.; Marriott International, Inc.; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; SL Green Realty Corp.
Developer Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
Design Napoleon LeBrun & Sons
Main Contractor Hedden Construction Company
Other Consultant
• Building Monitoring Vidaris, Inc.
• Interiors Rockwell Architecture, Planning and Design, P.C.; Rockwell Group
• Preservation Vidaris, Inc.
• Recladding Vidaris, Inc.

CTBUH Initiatives

Height: The History of Measuring Tall Buildings
Dec 2009 – CTBUH News

Research Papers

The Tallest Buildings in the World: Past, Present & Future
Jun 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue II

Other Building Facts

Tallest building in the world 1909-1913. Preceded by the Singer Building and surpassed by the Woolworth Building

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