Friday, January 7, 2011

Welcome to a small website
about an early and long gone
New York City skycraper

The Manhattan Life Insurance Building
(1894 - 1963)

Gallery 1
The Early Years 1894 - 1903

Gallery 2

Gallery 3

Gallery 4


  1. icbc insurance
    This is outstanding work can you explain the history of The Manhattan Life Insurance Building in a short words?

  2. hello John Smith, thanks and yes, I try: The MLIB is one of the first generation skyscrapers in Manhattan. The highrise on South Broadway near Wall Street and opposite Trinity Church was the highest building on earth 1894 / 1895 and the highest building in New York City until the Park Row Building came in 1899. The construction started 1893 and ended 1894. The building became wider in 1904 with a larger copula and crown on its roof. Most sources tell you, that its history ended in 1930. But we were able to follow the unknown history of the building until the early 1960s when the story really ended. The formaly spectacular skyscraper lost its ornaments in the 1930s and 1940s, he got out of attention because of the left boring front and lot of larger buildings around.

  3. Amazing.nice to see the historical setup in pictures.