Manhattan Life Insurance Building

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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
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts
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; -74.01167Coordinates: 40°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 on Broadway in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City.


The original structure at 64–66 Broadway was completed in 1894 to the designs of the architects of Kimball & Thompson, and was slightly extended north in 1904 to 68–70 Broadway. It was the first skyscraper to pass 330 ft (100 m) in Manhattan.

The building was sold at least twice. In 1926, the Manhattan Life Insurance Company sold the building 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 were in adjacent structures to the north, bought 70 Broadway for an undisclosed sum, although the building was assessed at that time at $4 million.[4] Following the Central Union Trust Company's sale of the buildings to the north to the Irving Trust Company, which then built a new skyscraper at 1 Wall Street, Central Union Trust moved to the Manhattan Life Building[5] and modified the structures at 60, 62, and 70 Broadway.[6]

The building was demolished to make way for an annex to 1 Wall Street, completed in 1965. Sources vary about whether the year of demolition was 1963 or 1964.[1][2][7]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "66 Broadway Sold; Long a Landmark; Central Union Trust Reported Buyer of Manhattan Life Insurance Building". The New York Times. February 18, 1928. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "News of Bankers and Banks". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 2, 1928. Retrieved April 30, 2018 – via Brooklyn Public Library; open access.
  6. ^ "Expansion of Bank Involves Alterations to Cost $100,000". The New York Times. January 20, 1931. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  7. ^ Korom, Joseph (2008). The American skyscraper, 1850-1940: a celebration of height. Branden Books. pp. 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
Tallest building in New York City
106 m
Succeeded by