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Manhattan Life Insurance Building

Manhattan Life Insurance Building
Manhattan Life Insurance Company Building New York City.jpg
Record height
Tallest in New York City from 1894 to 1899[I]
Preceded byNew York World Building
Surpassed byPark Row Building
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location64-70 Broadway, 17-19 New Street
New York City, New York
Coordinates40°42′28″N 74°00′42″W / 40.70778°N 74.01167°W / 40.70778; -74.01167
Construction started1893
Demolished1963 or 1964
Roof348 ft (106 m)
Technical details
Floor count18
Design and construction
ArchitectKimball & Thompson
Structural engineerCharles 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.[1][2][4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b Manhattan Life Insurance Building at Emporis
  2. ^ a b Manhattan Life Insurance Building at Structurae
  3. ^ "Manhattan Life Insurance Building". SkyscraperPage.
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ "News of Bankers and Banks". Brooklyn Eagle. May 2, 1928. Retrieved April 30, 2018 – via open access.
  6. ^ "66 BROADWAY SOLD; LONG A LANDMARK; Central Union Trust Reported Buyer of Manhattan Life Insurance Building. IT HOLDS ADJACENT SITE Land and 18-Story Building, Put Up in 1894, Is Assessed at $4,000,000 by the City". The New York Times. February 18, 1928. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
Preceded by
New York World Building
Tallest building in New York
106 m
Succeeded by
Park Row Building