Home Life Building
253 -256 Broadway
New York, NY 10007
Date Built: 1892-1894
Architect: Napoleon Le Brun & Sons; Harding & Gooch
The Home Life Building is located on Broadway and Murray Streets. It is actually
two attached buildings combined into one internally.
The corner building, 253 Broadway, was built by the Brooklyn-based Home Life Insurance
Company, which had a branch office at the site since 1866.
The company held a competition for the design of a new Manhattan office in 1892.
The result was Pierre Le Brun's Renaissance-style marble-clad building, an early
steel-skeleton-framed skyscraper. The building is a fine example of the tripartite
expression of high-rise design, with its ornate arcaded base, simple shaft, and
impressive pyramidal crown. Adjacent to the former Home Life building is Harding
& Gooch's Postal Telegraph Building, erected for a major competitor of Western
Union. In 1947, Home Life purchased the neighboring structure and connected the
two buildings internally. [The Guide to New York City Landmarks]
The building is a cooperative, owned jointly with the City, which houses various
offices on the upper floors. The basement and street levels are privately owned.
The Home Life Building is a designated New York City
Photo by: Ralph Selitzer, DCAS
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