Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, colloquially known as the Met Life Tower and also as the South Building, is a skyscraper occupying a full block in the Flatiron District of Manhattan in New York City. The building is composed of two sections: a 700-foot-tall (210 m) tower at the northwest corner of the block, at Madison Avenue and 24th Street, and a shorter east wing occupying the remainder of the block bounded by Madison Avenue, Park Avenue South, 23rd Street, and 24th Street. The South Building, along with the North Building directly across 24th Street, comprises the Metropolitan Home Office Complex, which originally served as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (now publicly known as MetLife).

The South Building's tower was designed by the architectural firm of Napoleon LeBrun & Sons and erected between 1905 and 1909. Inspired by St Mark's Campanile, the tower features four clock faces, four bells, and lighted beacons at its top, and was the tallest building in the world until 1913. The tower originally included Metropolitan Life's offices, but since 2015, it has contained the New York Edition Hotel, a 273-room luxury hotel. The tower was designated as a city landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1989, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. It was also made a National Historic Landmark in 1978.

The South Building's east wing was designed by D. Everett Waid and constructed in two stages between 1953 and 1960. The east wing is occupied primarily by Credit Suisse and is also referred to as 1 Madison Avenue. It replaced another building on the site, which was built in phases from 1893 to 1905, and which was also designed by LeBrun's firm. When the current east wing was built, the clock tower was extensively renovated as well.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: sponsor

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MS-76389 16-in. 6/6/1933 Industrial prospecting and selling plan. Production no. 1 Howard Smith Slide show soundtrack : Talk sponsor  
Victor BS-76472 10-in. 6/16/1933 The life of Dr. Robert Koch Mathilde Koch ; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Slide show soundtrack : Talk, with dubbed recordings sponsor  


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