Metlife Clock Tower Exterior Stone Restoration
Metlife Clock Tower Exterior Stone Restoration
New York, NY
Client

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

CONTACT:
Graciano Corporation
3 Overhill Road
Verona, NJ 07044
Thomas Corbo
973-857-0507

Project Info

CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION DATE:
2002

GENERAL CONTRACTOR:
Structure Tone, Inc.

RESTORATION CONTRACTOR:
Graciano Corporation

ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVATOR:
DiGeronimo PC

Project Cost
$6,600,000 - $350,000 (clock restoration)

Award of Merit: Restoration, presented by New York Construction News for the Exterior Restoration of the Metlife Tower, New York, 2002.

The total exterior restoration of the landmark Metlife Tower (built in 1909) has been completed, the familiar clocks atop it have been turned back on, and the enormous scaffolding surrounding the 50-story building is dismantled. Each of the towers’ four 26½ -foot-diameter clocks features a turquoise and white mosaic tile background, and each bronze numeral is backlit with fiber optics. The tower is constructed of limestone and Tuckahoe marble and features a newly restored gold-leaf dome at top.

The dismantling of the tower’s tubular scaffolding was quite a project in itself, involving the removal of needle beams at the fifteenth and sixteenth floors, replacing stones where those beams were attached and removing the enormous hoist that was tied in to the structural steel.
The total project included replacing damaged Tuckahoe marble lintels with new cast stone lintels; cleaning, pointing, replacement, patching, and stabilization of limestone and marble, and cleaning and resetting mosaic tile in the clock faces.

As part of the exterior restoration of the MetLife Tower, DiGeronimo PC completed architectural conservator services for the four clock faces, by preparing historical restoration compliant shop drawings for the restoration contractor.

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