Day 083: NYSkyline-MetLifeTowerBldgSundown - Mar 24. The original Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Building was build in 1893. The company had become the largest insurance company in America, provind insurance to immigrant wage workers. In 1907 the company president contracted architect Napoleon LeBrun and Sons to construct a tower to place atop the building with the intention of it being the tallest building in the world at that time. The tower was modeled after the tower at St Mark's Campanile in Venice. The tower is fifty stories high, approximately 700 feet. It is in the classical style with a standard base ending in a pyramidal spire, cupola and lantern. There are 4 four-story clocks on the tower, one of each side. They are in the Italian Renaissance style. This photo was taken, as you can see by the clock, just before 7 p.m. as the skyline was bathed in warm sundown light.