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Metropolitan Life Tower Under Construction, 1909

Metropolitan Life Tower Under Construction, 1909

In this black and white photograph from 1909, we see a group of men and ladies with parasols standing in Madison Square Park, observing the construction of the Metropolitan Life Tower. The main building had been constructed over a decade and half before.  The architectural firm of Napoleon LeBrun & Sons modeled the tower after the Campanile in Venice, Italy. It was the world's tallest building for three years, until 1913, when it was surpassed by the Woolworth Building.

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The Statue of Liberty's Arm in Madison Square Park, 1876

The Statue of Liberty's Arm in Madison Square Park, 1876

In this photo, the arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty have been staged in Madison Square Park.  These portions of the Statue were exhibited there as part of the fund raising effort for the building the base.  The arm and torch remained in the park from 1876 through 1882.  In 1885 fund raising efforts were at a standstill, until a push from Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the World garnered nearly 120,000 donations, enabling the completion of the pedestal and the assembly of the Statue of Liberty in place on Bedloe's Island.

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