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Thread: Metropolitan Life North Building - Eleven Madison Avenue - by McKim, Mead and White

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    The Metropolitan Life North Building is a 30-story skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan. It was originally going to be 100 stories high, but because of the stock Market crash of 1929, constructed was halted at the 29th floor in 1933. The building as it exists today was completed in 1959 and was 17 years premature. there are currently no known plans to finish the building. If the building's height is ever extended, the extension's facade has to be the same as the original.

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    This is a gem of a project just waiting to be completed.
    Everything is ready to go the structure, the style, the plans-
    Somebody will do this I hope- With the One Madison Park building,
    the Met life tower and OMA's building, Madison Park has the potential
    to grow into something even more interesting than it already is-

    http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=8942

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    This would be such an interesting reversal of Modern day
    developments dynamics- We owe it Mckim ,Mead and White
    to finish this building after all the grand buildings we've torn
    down by them the most tragic being Penn Station-

    http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON004.htm

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    would love to see that but fear that the product would disappoint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rirby View Post
    This is a gem of a project just waiting to be completed.
    Everything is ready to go the structure, the style, the plans-
    Somebody will do this I hope...
    It will never pass today's building code. To get it built you'd have to alter it to near-unrecognizability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post
    It will never pass today's building code. To get it built you'd have to alter it to near-unrecognizability.
    you really think so? the sub work and base infrastructure (elevators, stairs, utilities, etc) were done according to the initial plans for a scraper ...

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    I'd bet that new codes for wider (and perhaps additional) stairwells in highrises would mandate that the tower be much "thicker" up top than what was originally designed.

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    This building is owned by the Sapir Organization, and it is the jewel in their crown. It is by far the nicest building they own. The lobby is incredible. It has a steady anchor tenant in Credit Suisse. There were technological renovations a few years ago to put in state of the art wiring. There are two world famous restaurants, one of which takes the building's address as its name (Eleven Madison Park, the other is Tabla). The rents have got to be insane.

    What I'm trying to say is, there is no way in hell this building undergoes any sort of construction/addition any time soon.

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    I've been having some fun with what this proposed tower could have looked like if built as tall as planned:






    Latter base photo by clevelandskyscapers.com, former base photos by the fantastic RFCGraphics - http://www.pbase.com/rfcd100 - who takes the best photographs of New York I've seen - in print or online.
    Last edited by RandySavage; January 27th, 2009 at 07:55 PM.

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    Pretty cool.

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    Heard of Fantasy Baseball? Well, this is Fantasy Construction. Met Life North is at the very top of my list for things I'd like to see built in Manhattan. Runners up:

    2. Reconstruction of the Twin Towers (albeit on a different site)
    3. Reconstruction of the original Penn Station, with original rubble (from Secaucus?) incorporated into the new building.
    4. Restoration of the Pan Am sign at the top of the Pan Am building.
    5. Restoration and reopening of the Chrysler Building observation deck.
    6. Reconstruction of the Center Theater, at Rockefeller Center.
    7. Demolition of 60 Wall Street.
    8. Restoration and reopening of the observation deck at the Chanin Building.
    9. Reconstruction of the Singer Tower on a 21st-century scale.
    10. Return of big-screen movie palaces featuring 70mm projection (a la the former Loew's Astor Plaza)

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    ^ Pretty good list, Bob.

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    Scratch off number 2 and add "demolish all Kaufman-McSam-Poon's" and I'll go along.

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    Here's another "sketch"...
    Last edited by RandySavage; January 28th, 2009 at 06:24 PM.

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