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Equitable Life Building (New York City)

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Status  Destroyed
Completed  May 1, 1870
Roof  40 m (130 ft)
Opened  1 May 1870
Structural engineer  George B. Post
Type  Commercial offices
Destroyed  January 9, 1912
Height  43 m
Floors  7
Construction started  1868
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Location  120 Broadway New York City United States
Architects  Edward H. Kendall, Arthur D. Gilman
Similar  Equitable Building, American Surety Building, Singer Building, Manhattan Life Insurance, Adams Express Building

The Equitable Life Assurance Building was the headquarters of The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. Construction was completed on May 1, 1870 at 120 Broadway in New York City and under the leadership of Henry Baldwin Hyde was the first office building to feature passenger elevators. At a then-record 130 feet (40 m), it is considered by some the world's first skyscraper. The architects were Arthur Gilman and Edward H. Kendall, with George B. Post as a consulting engineer and hydraulic elevators made by the Elisha Otis company.


Map of Equitable Life Building, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271, USA

Destroyed by fire

The building, described as fireproof, was destroyed by a massive fire on January 9, 1912. Extremely cold weather caused the water from the fire trucks to freeze on the building. Six people died.

New building

The present Equitable Building was completed in 1915 on the same plot, and was designed by Ernest R. Graham & Associates. The massive bulk of the newer building was a major impetus behind the city's 1916 Zoning Resolution.


Equitable Life Building (New York City) Wikipedia