The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is considering a proposal to put the Metropolitan Life Hall of Records in Yonkers on the state and national registers of historic places.
The Classical Revival structure at 759 Palmer Road was built in 1906 and designed by D. Everett Waid at a time when Metropolitan Life experienced massive expansion.
The insurer sold the building in 2006 and in December the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency gave a developer tentative approval for $924,238 in tax breaks to transform the warehouse into housing.
The “Metloft” project consists of 61 loft style apartments with a two-level indoor parking garage with valet, an indoor pool, gym and rooftop lounge.
In an April 4 letter sent by the state agency to the City of Yonkers, the OPRHP informed the city that its review board will consider the registry proposal at its June 12 meeting.
The historic-register proposal notes the Hall of Records’ commercial and architectural significance.
Commercially, the Hall of Records was built after New York officials cracked down on insurance companies’ record-keeping practices.
Waid was a nationally recognized architect who established his own practice in 1894 and who was the consulting architect for many of Metropolitan Life’s projects; Waid co-designed the company’s iconic home office at 11 Madison Ave. in New York City, built in 1933.