The MetLife Tower Building, the tower addition was set atop the northwest portion of the existing building at Madison Square. The fifty-story tower, which stands approximately 700 feet tall, can be described as classical in nature, with a standard base, shaft and capital, ending in a pyramidal spire, cupola and lantern.
The president of the company, John Rogers Hegeman, hired architect Napoleon LeBrun and Sons in 1907 to design a magnificent marble office tower to rival the other large skyscrapers that had begun springing up in Manhattan just a few years prior. Hegeman wanted the building to be the world's tallest.
LeBrun, at the request of Hegeman, modeled the tower after the St Mark's Campanile in Venice.