When the Madison Square Presbyterian Church was torn down to build the Met Life
Tower in 1906, a new church was built on this corner, a Greek-style temple designed
by Stanford White. It in turn was torn down in 1919 to make room for Met Life's
Built as Met Life North Building (1929), which is why the two buildings are
connected by skyways; 100 stories planned, but stopped by the Great Depression of 1929.
Expansions took over the entire block by 1950. Considered an Art Deco masterwork
with its amazing corner arcades, it now houses Credit Suisse/First Boston, and Price
Waterhouse is also a tenant. Griffin Dunne works here in After Hours, as does
Amanda Plummer in The Fisher King.
Eleven Madison Park is an expensive-but-worth-it restaurant on the 24th
Street side owned by Union Square Cafe's Danny Meyer, featuring New
American cuisine in a beautiful Art Deco dining room. It is one of only five
of New York City's restaurants to receive three stars from the Michelin
guide, its highest award.