Before the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company tower went up in 1909, Met Life had a smaller headquarters at East 23rd Street and Madison Avenue.
It’s the stately building on the corner in this October 1906 postcard, which notes the “New and Old Parkhurst Churches” next door.
Charles Henry Parkhurst was a Presbyterian minister and social reformer who gained fame in 1892 when he railed against corruption at Tammany Hall from his pulpit. His efforts led to housecleaning and reform inside the Democratic political machine.
The churches, the then-brand new one at the far left and the old Gothic-style church next to it, long ago got the heave ho.