Manhattan Life Insurance Building

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Manhattan Life Insurance Building
Manhattan Life Insurance Company Building New York City.jpg
Record height
Preceded by New York World Building
General information
Status Demolished
Type Commercial offices
Location 64-70 Broadway, 17-19 New Street
New York City, New York
Coordinates 40°42′28″N 74°00′42″W / 40.70778°N 74.01167°W / 40.70778; -74.01167Coordinates: 40°42′28″N 74°00′42″W / 40.70778°N 74.01167°W / 40.70778; -74.01167
Construction started 1893
Completed 1894
Demolished 1963 or 1964
Roof 348 ft (106 m)
Technical details
Floor count 18
Design and construction
Architect Kimball & Thompson
Structural engineer Charles Sooysmith

The Manhattan Life Insurance Building was a 348 ft (106 m) tower at 64-66 Broadway in New York City completed in 1894 to the designs of the architects of Kimball & Thompson and slightly extended north in 1904 making its new address 64-70 Broadway. It was the first skyscraper to pass 330 ft (100 m) in Manhattan.

In 1926, the building was sold by Manhattan Life Insurance Company to Frederick Brown, who then re-sold it to the Manufacturer's Trust Company a few weeks later. Then, in 1928, it was bought by Central Union Trust Company, whose headquarters adjoined the building to the north, for an undisclosed sum, although the building was assessed at that time at $4 million.[4]

The building was demolished to make way for an Annex to the Irving Trust Company Building, now One Wall Street, completed in 1965. Sources vary about whether the year of demolition was 1963 or 1964.[1][3][5]

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  1. ^ a b Manhattan Life Insurance Building at Emporis
  2. ^ Manhattan Life Insurance Building at SkyscraperPage
  3. ^ a b Manhattan Life Insurance Building at Structurae
  4. ^ "66 Broadway Sold; Long A Landmark" New York Times (February 18, 1928)
  5. ^ Korom, Joseph (2008). The American skyscraper, 1850-1940: a celebration of height. Branden Books. p. 199. ISBN 978-0-8283-2188-4.  "In 1936, the Manhattan Life Insurance Company relocated its offices to One-Hundred-Twenty West 57th Street in midtown Manhattan. Then, catastrophe arrived when the building was only 69 years old; in a 1963 act of utter desecration, the Manhattan Life Insurance Building was demolished."
Preceded by
New York World Building
Tallest building in the United States
106 m
Succeeded by
Milwaukee City Hall