MetLife Home Office

New York, New York

BCA prepared a Master Plan for the restoration of this complex that includes three large buildings constructed in phases from 1909 through the mid-twentieth century. The iconic tower designed by Napoleon LaBrun and Sons epitomized the prosperity of the insurance business when it was built in 1909. The tower originally had highly ornate Tuckahoe marble ornament over its entire exterior. The ornamental stonework was removed in the 1950s because of its deteriorated condition. Company records suggest that the ornament was not replaced because there was a desire to conform with the more streamlined design aesthetic of the mid-twentieth century. BCA designed the restoration of the tower, a project of monumental proportions that took six years. In addition to gilding, masonry cleaning, and 8,000 stone repairs, work included window replacement, restoration of the massive clock faces on each facade, a new programmable lighting scheme and retrofitting permanent rooftop scaffolds for maintenance.

This project was awarded the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award by the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the New York State Preservation Award by the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Award of Merit: Restoration: Exterior Restoration of the MetLife Tower by F.W. Dodge New York Construction News



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