Building 'New-York' in 1891 the highest private building in Amsterdam
The building of Metz & Co corner Keizersgracht 455 / Leidsestraat, was built in 1891 on behalf of the New-York Life Insurance Company, designed by architect Jan van Looy. In front of the New-York building, as it was soon called, four canal houses were demolished. In the corner buildings 457-459 was the confectionery of the company Kreunen Az. established, then one of the oldest shops in Amsterdam. The insurance company has left no possibility untouched to draw the attention of the passers-by to their headquarters. The highest private building in Amsterdam (26 m), built in neoclassical style at the time, is richly decorated. It has eight balconies and twelve trestles, arched and triangular pediments and Ionic and Corinthian columns. Arches appear as an American symbol in the arched pediments and also in the etched windows of the vestibule of the stairwell. Everywhere in and in the building we see the letters N and Y loose or entwined, as an indelible memory of the society that let the building rise. On the building is a dome tower with a clock that is visible from far and on four sides. All around the tower were originally acrifice vases, which were possibly removed because of a crash hazard. Four windows in the tower dome of this building, located in a bend, did not only offer views of the canals in clear weather, but even extended to Bussum, Zaandam and the Grote Kerk in Haarlem. Now those windows are gone but the dome is no longer accessible.1
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