|Manhattan Life Insurance Building|
|Tallest in New York City from 1894 to 1899[I]|
|Preceded by||New York World Building|
|Surpassed by||Park Row Building|
|Location||64-70 Broadway, 17-19 New Street|
New York City, New York
|Demolished||1963 or 1964|
|Roof||348 ft (106 m)|
|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.
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. Ironically, Central Union had owned both its own headquarters and the previous One Wall until 1928; Central Union bought and moved to the Manhattan Life building to enable the sale of the other properties to Irving so that it could demolish them to make way for the current One Wall.
There were at least two intermediate sales. 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, Central Union Trust Company, whose headquarters adjoined the building to the north, bought it for an undisclosed sum, although the building was assessed at that time at $4 million.
New York World Building
| Tallest building in New York
Park Row Building