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Manhattan Life Insurance Building
Manhattan Life Insurance Company Building New York City.jpg
Record height
Tallest in New York City from 1894 to 1899
Preceded by New York World Building
Surpassed by Park Row Building
General information
Status Demolished
Type Commercial offices
Location 64–70 Broadway, 17–19 New Street
New York City, New York
Coordinates 40°42′28″N 74°00′42″W / 40.70778°N 74.01167°W / 40.70778; -74.01167
Construction started 1893
Completed 1894
Demolished 1963 or 1964
Roof 348 ft (106 m)
Technical details
Floor count 18
Design and construction
Architect Kimball & Thompson
Structural engineer Charles Sooysmith

The Manhattan Life Insurance Building was a 348 ft (106 m) tower on Broadway in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City. The original structure at 64–66 Broadway was completed in 1894 to the designs of the architects of Kimball & Thompson, and was slightly extended north in 1904 to 68–70 Broadway. It was the first skyscraper to pass 330 ft (100 m) in Manhattan.

The building was sold at least twice. In 1926, the Manhattan Life Insurance Company sold the building to Frederick Brown, who then re-sold it to the Manufacturer's Trust Company a few weeks later. Then, in 1928, Central Union Trust Company, whose headquarters were in adjacent structures to the north, bought 70 Broadway for an undisclosed sum, although the building was assessed at that time at $4 million. Following the Central Union Trust Company's sale of the buildings to the north to the Irving Trust Company, which then built a new skyscraper at 1 Wall Street, Central Union Trust moved to the Manhattan Life Building and modified the structures at 60, 62, and 70 Broadway.

The building was demolished to make way for an annex to 1 Wall Street, completed in 1965. Sources vary about whether the year of demolition was 1963 or 1964.

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