I: The New York Met Life Building

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A 1957 redesign stripped most of the ornamentation from Met Life's 1893 Home Office Building.

The Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.'s Clock Tower has been gazing down upon Madison Square Park since 1909, a 700-foot column that once was the world's highest timepiece as well as its tallest building. It held that title for four years, and even though it was eclipsed by the Woolworth Building in 1913, and later by many other skyscrapers, The Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.ís Clock Tower to this day is special among spires.