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hunser Sep 4, 2010 1:04 PM

NEW YORK | MetLife Building | 808 FT / 247 M | 59 FLOORS | 1963
 
from wikipedia:

The MetLife Building, originally called the Pan Am Building, is a skyscraper located at 200 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.


Location: New York, New York USA
Constructed: 1963
Use: Office
Height: (Roof) 808 ft (246.6 m)
Floor count: 59
Floor area: 3,140,000 sq ft (292,000 m2)
Elevators: 23

Architect(s): Emery Roth & Sons
Structural engineer: The Office of James Ruderman

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NYC4Life Sep 4, 2010 3:59 PM

Not the greatest looking building, but IMO is one of the most powerful on the skyline. Any shot of Midtown and this building is always visible.

Question: Is this the largest building in NYC in terms of square footage?

hunser Sep 4, 2010 4:26 PM

:previous: no, it's second (3,140,000 sq ft) after 55 water street (3.8 million square feet). but yeah, metlife is one of the most massive towers in NYC and, generally speaking, in the US.

nycdagreatest Sep 4, 2010 4:27 PM

:previous: Yeah, 55 water street will likely have the most square feet for a very long time

Cosperus Sep 4, 2010 5:32 PM

Walter Gropius assisted Emory Roth in the design of this building. There is a commemorative plaque at the base of the building noting his contribution.

Jarrod Sep 4, 2010 5:41 PM

Isn't it one of the most hated buildings in New York?

It's a very powerful building and I actually love it.

SkyscrapersOfNewYork Sep 4, 2010 11:26 PM

i love this beauty,the king of Park avenue...NY just wouldnt be home without it :)

plinko Sep 4, 2010 11:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cosperus (Post 4970694)
Walter Gropius assisted Emory Roth in the design of this building. There is a commemorative plaque at the base of the building noting his contribution.

It's more than that, Gropius was the the designer, Roth & Sons just the architect of record (basically they did the drawings and coordination). Gropius was responsible for turning the building 90 degrees and [killing/capturing/terminating] the view along Park Avenue.

I have a love hate relationship with this building.

SkyscrapersOfNewYork Sep 5, 2010 2:23 AM

taken by mehttp://i810.photobucket.com/albums/z...g?t=1282498190

Dac150 Sep 5, 2010 2:27 AM

Love it or hate it, it's without a doubt a prime fixture on the skyline.

NYguy Sep 5, 2010 7:51 AM

The King of Park Avenue...

Mark 2400

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pico44 Sep 5, 2010 11:39 AM

If I had to rank the greatest works of brutalism ever created:

8. Dallas City Hall
7. National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder Colorado
6. Boston City Hall
5. Whitney Museum of American Art
4. Yale Library of Art
3. PanAm Building
2. Salk Institute
1. Empire State Plaza


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hunser Sep 5, 2010 7:13 PM

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Originally Posted by NYguy (Post 4971197)

that view never fails to impress me over and over again! it's just so brutally massive...

NYC4Life Sep 5, 2010 7:19 PM

This building could probably use a reclad in the near future, or at least a window wash.

nycdagreatest Sep 5, 2010 8:02 PM

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NYguy Sep 6, 2010 1:21 PM

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Originally Posted by NYC4Life (Post 4971458)
This building could probably use a reclad in the near future, or at least a window wash.

They actually did a good job cleaning it a few years ago.

hunser Sep 7, 2010 11:14 AM

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Jim in Times Square

Alliance Sep 7, 2010 4:14 PM

The true glory of this building:

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Now that is a building with a presence. I like its East and West veiws much better thant he Park Ave faces, though Park Ave South face can be stunning at dusk.


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NYC4Life Sep 7, 2010 5:29 PM

I still don't get why many would want to see this building demolished. You know you're in Midtown when you look down on Park Avenue and see this huge tower looming in the distance. Almost appears like a dead end. Also love how the base is exposed like that of the CitiGroup Center.

uaarkson Sep 7, 2010 9:35 PM

I stumbled right in front of this thing at night trying to find GCS, and as soon as I noticed it I felt like I was truly in a skyscraper city. One of those romantic, glittering super cities that you see in the movies.


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