Manhattan Life Insurance Building
|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 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. 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 and modified the structures at 60, 62, and 70 Broadway.
- Manhattan Life Insurance Building at Emporis
- Manhattan Life Insurance Building at Structurae
- "Manhattan Life Insurance Building". SkyscraperPage.
- "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.
- "News of Bankers and Banks". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 2, 1928. Retrieved April 30, 2018 – via Brooklyn Public Library; newspapers.com .
- "Expansion of Bank Involves Alterations to Cost $100,000". The New York Times. January 20, 1931. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
- 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."