MetLife Building

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MetLife Building
MetLife Building
Basic data
Place: New York City , United StatesUnited StatesUnited States 
Construction time : 1960-1963
Status : Built
Architectural style : Modern
Architect : Emery Roth & Sons
Use / legal
Usage : offices
Owner : Tishman Speyer Properties
Client : Pan American World Airways
Technical specifications
Height : 246 m
Height to the roof: 246 m
Rank (height) : 33rd place (New York)
Floors : 60
Usable area : 300,000 m²
Building material : Structure: steel ;
Facade: glass , aluminum

The MetLife Building , formerly the Pan Am Building , is a skyscraper on Park Avenue in Manhattan , a borough of New York City .


Construction work on the building began in 1960 and ended in 1963. The executive architect was the company Emery Roth & Sons , who were assisted by Walter Gropius and Pietro Belluschi in the design . With a height of 246 meters divided into 60 floors, it is today (as of 2016) the 33-tallest building in New York City . Originally it housed the administration of the airline Pan American World Airways (Pan Am for short). In 1981 the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company bought it . In 1993 it was renamed from Pan Am Building to MetLife Building . The eye-catching lettering on the facade below the roof has been replaced. Real estate firm Tishman Speyer Properties acquired the building for $ 1.72 billion. The actual address is 200 Park Avenue ; it extends from 43rd to 45th streets.

What began in 1954 as the renovation of Grand Central Terminal ends with the construction of the Pan Am Building . With its glass facade and its shape as an octagon with three horizontal interruptions, it is an eye-catcher for the entire Park Avenue. There used to be a heliport on the roof, which New York Airways served as scheduled between December 1965 and February 1968 and again briefly from February to May 1977 . From there there were connections to JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport . Flight operations ceased on May 16, 1977 as a result of an accident . The five victims included the director Michael Findlay and his wife, the director Roberta Findlay .

The facade of the building was renovated in 2002.

Media presence

  • In the 2004 drama Butterfly Effect , the MetLife Building and the Empire State Building can be seen briefly at the end of the film.
  • The future of the MetLife building after the disappearance of mankind is dealt with in episode 2 of the second season of the documentary fiction series Future Without People (“Poison Clouds”, USA 2010).

See also


Web links

Commons : MetLife Building  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Geoff Boucher: "'Avengers' deconstructed: Helicarrier, Stark Tower design secrets" ,, on May 24, 2012. Retrieved on April 8, 2015

Coordinates: 40 ° 45 ′ 12 "  N , 73 ° 58 ′ 36"  W.