ARCH3522 History NYC Arch, SP2018. Zagaroli D649

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    foreignjerry
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    Jerry sejour
    Prof: Robert Zagarolli
    Class: History of NYC
    Date: Spring 18

    The Met Life building

    The company, who had made its fortune selling insurance to immigrant wage workers who had much to lose if they were injured or died on-the-job, had become the largest and most successful insurance company in America by the early years of the new century. To match their new status, the president of the company, John Rogers Hegeman, hired architect Napoleon LeBrun and Sons in 1907 to design a magnificent marble office tower to rival the other large skyscrapers that had begun springing up in Manhattan just a few years prior.

    The MetLife Building is a 58-story asset centrally located in the core of Midtown Manhattan’s prestigious office submarket, between Grand Central Terminal and East 45th Street. It designed by Emery Roth & Sons, Pietro Belluschi and Walter Gropius in the International style. The world’s largest commercial office space by square footage at its opening, it remains one of the 100 tallest buildings in the United States.

    The MetLife Building sits in close proximity to the heart of Midtown Manhattan, with direct access to Times Square, Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and superb views of beautiful Bryant Park. Transportation is plentiful, including subway and bus lines, as well as commuter trains via Grand Central Terminal or a short connection to Penn Station.
    The MetLife buildings stands today as a constant reminder for the citizens of New York , their is a company that cares for their well being, precisely their protection by being one of the tallest building in NYC, can’t really miss it.

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