THE METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE BUILDING, when lit at night, is easily recognizable amid Manhattan’s skyline.  Architect Piere LeBrun  was inspired by the design of the campanile in Venice’s Piazza San Marco for his conception of the structure.  The tall tower facing Madison Square Park was added to the original building in 1893 to make it the tallest in the world until the  Woolworth Building was completed and became the tallest (792 feet).  Only a few blocks from the Empire State Building, both structures – when viewed from Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street -- are an amazing sight especially in the evening.

The current MetLife building is located at 200 Park Avenue at the location of the original Pan Am building near Grand Central Station.