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Metropolitan Life North Building

25 Madison Avenue
New York City NY United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count30
Building Uses
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - art deco
 - steel
 - limestone
 - marble

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof451 ft

• Architect: Harvey W. Corbett & D. Everett Waid

• Announced in 1928, the Metropolitan Life North Building was intended to have 100 floors, surpassing the nearby Empire State Building as the World's Tallest Building.

• After one year of construction the Wall Street Crash of 1929 eventually led construction to stop at the 29th floor in 1933 due to financial problems.

• After three stages of construction the building was finally completed in 1950.

• The building is still a base for a much larger skyscraper, so technically it can be finished, but there are no plans to do so.

• Because the building was supposted to be taller, it has 30 elevators, more than enough for a 30 story building. As a result there is often no wait for elevators in the building.

• The building contains a subway station.

• Diagram of the original proposal:

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