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The Clock Tower Building (former New York Life Insurance Company headquarters)

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Municipal building with an important timepiece

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Tribeca
Commercial, Office

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The Renaissance Revival palace at 346 Broadway is the former home of the New York Life Insurance Company, one of the oldest such companies in the United States, and one of the nineteenth century’s “Big Three,” along with Mutual Life and Equitable Life. The formidable office building was constructed in two late nineteenth century campaigns involving contemporaneously and soon-to-be prominent architects and sculptors, several of whom would set the pace for twentieth century design. The building was completed in 1898, but New York Life utilized the space for only a short time before moving to the more fashionable environs of Madison Square in 1927. City agencies have occupied the structure since 1939, and in 1967 the City of New York bought the building with the goal of including it in a new Civic Center that never came to fruition. The palazzo has since served as the headquarters for the municipal...

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On The Web

The Clocktower Gallery and Radio website
New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) website


Bob Holman

The Clock Tower is an architecturally-striking figure of old New York. It makes a mysterious ascent away from the standard governmental lobby to a world of fantasy that has been used by different artists groups for years. It provides a variegated view of the city. (April, 2011)

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