The tower is designed by Schuman, Lichtenstein, Claman & Efron and could be described as an international style tower, but it was described as postmodern , because it features setbacks and triangular shapes, dark glass and a sculpted base. The structure consists of a 48 story triangular tower ( whose longer edge points to Central Park) on top of a 20 story rectangular base. The tower is owned by Macklowe Properties. Apart from the main entrance on 57th Street there is also an entrance located on 56th Street.
Construction started in 1984, and was finished in 1987. The tower caused minor discontent, because it blocked sight lines of Central Park. Critics' attention would turn, after the appearance of its taller neighbors, such as the CitySpire Center in 1989, the Carnegie Hall Tower in 1991 and One57 in 2014. The Metropolitan Tower is less than 10 meters from Carnegie Hall Tower, separated by the Russian Tea Room.