New York Life Building

Designated a National Historic Landmark of New York City on 6/2/1978.

Landmark 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.

Category: Building-Commercial

Location

Street: 51 Madison Avenue

Borough
: Manhattan

County
: New York

 

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