New York Life Building

51 Madison Ave., New York, New York

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New York Life Building from the Empire State Building

Photo taken by Michael Miller in October 2012

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Description 

The New York Life Insurance Company, founded in 1841 as the Nautilus Insurance Company, has played a major role in the development of life insurance policies and practices. One of the nation's most innovative insurance firms, it was the first to establish a branch office system and pioneered a widely copied actuarial method of insuring individuals based on medical studies. In 1928 the firm moved to this 34-story skyscraper designed by noted architect Cass Gilbert. Its Gothic lines and prominent pyramidal tower sheathed in gold leaf make it a prominent architectural presence in midtown Manhattan. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, June 2, 1978

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 2, 1978
Reference number
78001876
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Late Gothic Revival; Other architectural type; American Perpendicular Gothi
Area of significance
Commerce
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Building
Historic function
Professional
Current function
Professional
Period of significance
1925-1949
Significant year
1928

Update Log 

  • March 2, 2018: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett
  • July 21, 2014: New photo from Michael Miller

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